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Freed Swiss hostages appear well, smiling in Pakistan

Published on 15/03/2012

A Swiss couple smiled and waved to television cameras at a Pakistani airbase on Thursday, seen in public for the first time after a more than eight-month kidnapping ordeal.

Wearing a baggy pink shirt in traditional Pakistani style, with a red scarf wrapped loosely over her shoulders and her blonde hair swept into a bun, Daniela Widmer smiled and waved at the Qasim airbase in Rawalpindi.

She stepped out of a Pakistani military helicopter, followed shortly by Olivier David Och, who was sporting a bushy beard and wearing beige shalwar khamis and, despite the relatively warm spring day, a white hat.

Both smiled and waved before getting into a minibus. Witnesses later told AFP they were driven away from the airbase with embassy officials.