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Pakistan’s Army Finds Swiss Couple Alive in Tribal Region

March 15, 2012

A Swiss couple abducted by Taliban guerrillas in July were found alive in Pakistan’s tribal region of North Waziristan, the military said in a statement.

They were flown to the northwestern city of Peshawar by helicopter after turning up at a check-post, the army said in the statement. North Waziristan is home to several militant groups fighting American forces in neighboring Afghanistan.

Pakistani media, including the Geo television channel, broadcast a video of the couple they said was released by the Taliban last year.

The New York Times reported in January that militants holding the Swiss had demanded the release of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist sentenced to 86 years in jail in 2010 for trying to kill American soldiers and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents while in custody at a police station in Afghanistan.

To contact the reporter on this story: Haris Anwar in Islamabad at hanwar2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Peter Hirschberg at phirschberg@bloomberg.net


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