Mon, April 16, 2012
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Indonesian journalists return home after surviving Kabul ambush

2012-04-16 10:15:41 GMT2012-04-16 18:15:41(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

JAKARTA, April 16 (Xinhua) -- Four Indonesian journalists who survived a recent ambush by Taliban militia in Kabul, Afghanistan were scheduled to return to Indonesia on Monday, a senior official at the foreign ministry said here Monday.

The journalists were in Kabul to provide mass communication training to officials of Afghanistan anti-narcotics agency under the Colombo Plan project aimed at enhancing cooperation between Indonesia and Afghanistan.

"The Foreign Affairs Minister Marty Natalegawa spoke to one of them through telephone this morning. All of them were in good condition and continue to coordinate with our embassy in Kabul," Tene said.

He said that they were in a hotel near the embassy.

The ambush, including suicide attacks by Taliban militias against government and facilities of international troops stationed in Kabul on Sunday lasted 18 hours.

By Monday. security forces managed to get the situation under control A total of 32 Taliban militiamen were died and one was arrested, reports said.

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