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US Embassy: Va. contractor released in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An American contractor detained in a contract dispute in Afghanistan was released Friday after three U.S. congressmen complained he had been seized without charges and beaten.

David Gordon of Virginia Beach, Va., was freed a day after U.S. Reps. Scott Rigell and Frank Wolf of Virginia and Duncan Hunter of California sent a letter asking Secretary of State John Kerry to intervene.

The congressmen said Gordon was detained Wednesday in a contract dispute but had not been charged. They said Gordon was injured in a beating but was not taken to an infirmary until the next day. Afghan authorities had asked for $2.4 million to release him, according to the legislators.

A spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, John Rhatigan, said the Afghan government released Gordon on Friday, but he declined to comment on the demands.

"We continue to provide consular assistance as his attorney works to resolve this matter," Rhatigan said, without providing additional details.

Gordon works for northern Virginia's Tamerlane Global Services Inc.