British medical worker among four rescued from cave by special forces in Afghanistan

A British medical worker kidnapped in Afghanistan has been dramatically freed in a special forces raid.

The SAS are understood to have carried out the helicopter raid on the cave where Helen Johnston, 28, who was working for an aid project, was being held along with three other hostages. One of the other hostages is Moragwa Oirere, 26, a Kenyan-born aid worker who had previously worked with Save the Children. David Cameron authorised the rescue attempt after military forces in Afghanistan briefed him on the planned operation. Speaking outside Number 10 after the raid, he described the rescue effort as “extraordinarily brave” and “breath-taking”. Miss Johnson’s parents Philip and Patricia said: “We are delighted and hugely relieved by the wonderful news that Helen and all her colleagues have been freed.

“We are deeply grateful to everyone involved in her rescue, to those who worked tirelessly on her behalf, and to family and friends for their love, prayers and support over the last twelve days. “We greatly appreciate the restraint shown by the media since her abduction, and ask that they continue to respect our privacy at this special time.”

The other two were Afghan colleagues the pair had been working with in the country. The four rescued hostages were reported to be in a “good condition”.

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