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Captive couple escape Taliban captors

Sydney Morning Herald  March 16, 2012

A Swiss couple held captive by the Pakistani Taliban for more than eight months are safe, claiming they escaped their captors in the lawless tribal belt, the Pakistani army says.

Olivier David Och, 31, and Daniela Widmer, 28, were abducted at gunpoint on July 1 in the south-western province of Baluchistan, while apparently on holiday.

”They are safe and sound,” Major-General Athar Abbas said. ”They told us that they escaped and then they reported to our checkpost.”

The Pakistani Taliban had demanded the couple be exchanged for Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist sentenced in 2010 in New York for the attempted murder of US government agents in Afghanistan

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March 15, 2012 Posted by | Pakistan, Taliban | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Kidnapped Swiss couple appear in video, say they risk being killed by Taliban

Associated Press at The Star  October 25, 2011

ISLAMABAD—Two Swiss tourists held by the Pakistani Taliban have appeared in a video, saying their captors are threatening to kill them.

Swiss couple Olivier David Och and Daniela Widmer are shown holding a newspaper dated Sept. 15 with armed, masked men behind them.

The pair are being held in northwest Pakistan close to the Afghan border. They were seized in July in nearby Baluchistan province.

The video was given to the Associated Press on Tuesday by a local resident who is purportedly in contact with the militants. Its authenticity could not be independently verified.

Militants often kidnap wealthy Pakistanis and less commonly foreigners. Large ransoms are often paid.

October 25, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Safety and Security Issues | , , , , , | Leave a comment