French tourist freed after Pakistan kidnapping

21st August 2009, Comments 0 comments

A kidnapped French tourist was released Friday after three months captivity in Baluchistan, an area where groups linked to Al-Qaeda and Taliban operate.

Quetta – A French tourist kidnapped three months ago in Baluchistan in southern Pakistan was released Friday and handed over to the authorities, senior Pakistani security officials told AFP.

"He has been released this morning, he is with Pakistani officials," said one of the officials, who declined to be named.

"He has been secured somewhere in Baluchistan," another security service official said.

The 41-year-old man was snatched from a group of compatriots on 23 May in an area where ethnic Baluch separatist groups and Islamist fighters linked to Al-Qaeda and the Taliban are known to operate, around 80 kilometres from the border with Afghanistan.

AFP / Expatica

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