Italian charity pulls out international staff
An Italian aid group pulled its international staff out of Afghanistan yesterday in
of one of its Afghan employees. The organisation, Emergency, which helped secure the release of kidnapped Italian journalist Daniele Mastrogiacomo last month, said its 38 international staff had
for the time being. Rahamtullah Hanafi, who runs one of the charity’s Afghan hospitals and acted as a gobetween with the Taliban during Mastrogiacomo’s seizure, was on March 20 on suspicion he played a part in the kidnapping.