However, one of the commandos and a Times translator were killed in the gun battle.
Reporter Stephen Farrell along with his translator were kidnapped in the northern province of Kunduz on Saturday, Sep 5.
He had gone to cover the story that German commanders had ordered U S jets to drop bombs on two hijacked fuel tankers, causing a number of civilian casualties.
The Times reported that Farrell's Afghan translator, Sultan Munadi had also died.
The Times had not reported the incident thinking about the safety of those kidnapped.