Reports: Afghan captors release Japanese reporter

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
September 5, 2010 13:47

TOKYO— A Japanese journalist who was abducted by apparent Taliban militants in Afghanistan five months ago has been freed by his captors, reports said Sunday.

Kosuke Tsuneoka, a freelance journalist and veteran of war zones, was released Saturday night in good health and was at the Japanese Embassy in Kabul, Kyodo News agency cited government sources as saying. Japan's Foreign Ministry and its embassy in the Afghan capital declined to comment.

Tsuneoka's mother told Kyodo that her 41-year-old son had called home from the embassy after being released in the Dasht-e-Archi district of Kunduz province.

Tsuneoka's captors apparently decided to release him because he is a fellow Muslim, Kyodo said.

According to his personal website, Tsuneoka converted to the religion in 2000 while in Moscow.

Tsuneoka had been missing since April 1, when he posted a message on Twitter saying he had traveled to a Taliban-controlled area in northern Afghanistan. Friends later received word that he had been kidnapped.


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