Swiss Hostages Escape Taliban


ISLAMABAD (AP) A Swiss couple held captive by the Taliban in Pakistan since July turned up at an army post close to the Afghan border on Thursday and was flown to safety by the Pakistani military, an army spokesman said.

The Swiss man and woman, who were seized in July in the southwest of the country, were last seen in a militant video in October, saying their captors were threatening to kill them.

Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas said the couple showed up at an army post in Miran Shah in North Waziristan, an al-Qaida and Taliban stronghold. He said the couple was then flown to Peshawar, the main city in northwestern Pakistan, on an army helicopter.

Predictably the Taliban lied about the escape
"They say they escaped from the custody of militants," he said.

Two local Pakistani Taliban commanders said the couple had been freed, but only after an undisclosed ransom had been paid and some Taliban prisoners were released from Pakistani custody. They refused to give their names.

Yeah and I added up the Invader Casualty count on the Taliban's website the other day. Guess what, we're all dead already. Every last one of us.

Posted by: Howie at 07:40 AM


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