Thursday, March 14, 2013

Female Czech tourists kidnapped in Baluchistan province

Unidentified gunmen on Wednesday kidnapped two women tourists from the Czech Republic in Baluchistan, officials said.
Abdul Qadus, a top government official in the area said, the women were on the road from Iran to Quetta, the capital of Pakistan’s southwest Baluchistan province, when they were seized on Wednesday.

Qadus further added the two had been given a police guard to escort them on a passenger bus, said Qadus. But the policeman was no match for the eight to 10 gunmen who stopped them in Chaghi district near the Iran and Afghanistan borders.

He said gunmen took the captives to Afghanistan, where they disarmed the policeman and released him.

Akbar Hussain Durrani, the provincial home secretary also confirmed the report and said, “Both the women were from Czech Republic and entered in Pakistan as tourists. Gunmen stopped their bus in the Nok Kundi area of Chaghi district and abducted both of them.”

Islamist militants and criminals with links to both have been accused of previous kidnappings in Baluchistan. Baluchistan is also home to separatists who have been waging a violent insurgency against the government and also many Islamist militants.

By Sayed Jawad - 14 Mar 2013, 11:27 am

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