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US hands over detained German-Afghan student

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle expressed relief on Saturday after US authorities returned a detained German citizen. The 23-year-old student had been arrested in Kabul on suspicion of terrorist activity.

A sign at the German embassy in Kabul

Haddid N. was released to the German embassy in Kabul

A German student detained by US authorities in Kabul has been released and handed over to German authorities, according to the German foreign ministry.

A German citizen of Afghan origin, identified in reports as Haddid N., was arrested at his father's home in Kabul earlier this month on suspicion of terrorism.

The foreign ministry said on Saturday that the 23-year-old from Frankfurt had been transferred to the German embassy in Kabul and would soon return to Germany.

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said he was "relieved over the solution" and thanked his American counterpart, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, for her help in the matter.

According to Germany's Süddeutsche Zeitung daily, Haddid N. had previously been the subject of investigation in 2010 when a Frankfurt prosecutor suspected him of planning a trip to a terrorist training camp in Pakistan.

His passport was confiscated but later returned.

Author: David Levitz (AP, AFP, dpa, Reuters)

Editor: Kyle James

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