3 kidnapped ICRC staff, Red Crescent volunteer freed in Syria

GENEVA (AFP) - Three of the six aid workers from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) kidnapped in Syria have been freed, along with a colleague from the Red Crescent.

"Three ICRC colleagues and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteer have been released and are safe and sound. We are waiting for further information about the other three colleagues," ICRC spokesman Ewan Watson told AFP.

Mr Watson did not say who was thought to be responsible for the aid workers' abduction on Sunday, which took place as their convoy drove from the north-western Idlib province back to the Syrian capital Damascus after delivering medical aid.

The ICRC has not revealed details of the aid workers' nationalities, though it earlier said that most of the group were Syrian.