March 15th, 2012
04:24 AM ET

Swiss couple released in Pakistan

A Swiss couple - kidnapped in July while traveling in Pakistan's volatile southwestern Balochistan province - are free, military and Taliban officials said Thursday.

The husband and wife claimed they escaped from the Taliban when they reached a military checkpoint near Miranshah city in North Waziristan a volatile tribal region in northwest Pakistan, said Athar Abbas, a military spokesman. They were moved to Peshawar by helicopter early Thursday and are in good health, he said.

But a spokesman for the Pakistan Taliban, Ihsanullah Ihsan, said they were released after a council of elders was convened.

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  1. Scottish Mama

    Good to hear they are free. Potatoe, potato, tomatoe tomato, lets all go home.

    March 15, 2012 at 6:56 am | Report abuse |
  2. Akbar Bugti

    Pakistanis kidnapped them, then release them when no one will pay even one dollar ransom.
    So what is "news" about this story?
    It is a waste of our time.

    March 16, 2012 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |