40 civilians kidnapped by militants released in NW Pakistan

13:37, May 16, 2010      

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At least 40 of the 60 people nabbed by unidentified kidnappers have been released while 10 others escaped on Sunday in the restive Kurram tribal area in the north-west Pakistan, local television said quoting local sources.

The militants are still holding 10 other abductees. Unidentified armed men have kidnapped 60 people riding in 10 different vehicles from Kurram to nearby Hangu city on Saturday and had also set a tractor on fire.

The reason for kidnapping and the identity of the kidnappers are not known yet.

The kidnapped people included women and children as well. So far this was the largest number of people that have been kidnapped on a day. Kidnapping for ransom is common in the region that has been hit by militancy and sectarian strife.

Kurram tribal agency and Hangu are adjacent to Pakistan's Orakzai agency where offensive against militants is going on. After military operations in Pakistani tribal areas like South Waziristan,the militants were dispersed into various neighboring areas in the country including Hangu and Kurram.

Source: Xinhua


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