9 Dec 2012

Kidnapped US doctor rescued in Afghanistan

8:26 pm on 9 December 2012

NATO says United States soldiers have killed seven Taliban insurgents in a raid to rescue a kidnapped American doctor in eastern Afghanistan.

In a statement, NATO says the mission was launched when intelligence showed that the doctor, Dilip Joseph, was in "imminent danger of injury or death".

Doctor Joseph was abducted on Wednesday by Taliban insurgents in the Surobi district of Kabul province.

The statement did not say where Dr Joseph is from, or whether he was harmed in captivity.

AAP reports that Surobi had been under the control of French troops until April this year, when responsibility for security was handed to Afghan forces as part of France's accelerated withdrawal from the country.

France ended its combat mission in Afghanistan last month, two years before allied nations contributing to the 100,000-strong US-led NATO force are due to depart.