Afghanistan Frees Italian Aid Workers Held Over 'Plot'

"Afghanistan has freed three Italian aid workers held on suspicion of plotting to kill a provincial governor, Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini says. The three members of the medical charity Emergency were arrested on 10 April in Helmand province.Afghan officials had claimed they were bribed by insurgents to bring suicide bomb vests and weapons into a hospital run by the charity in Lashkar Gah.The employees had strongly denied the allegations against them.On Sunday, Mr Frattini said he was grateful for the swift resolution of the issue.He also hailed Italian diplomats for acting ""with extraordinary professionalism and discretion"" in securing the release of the Italian nationals, Italy's Ansa news agency reports.The aid workers were earlier identified as Marco Garatti, Matteo Dell'Aira and Matteo Pagani. "