Pakistani BBC reporter freed; beaten by captors

November 21, 2006 17:20


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A Pakistani BBC journalist said he was released Tuesday by unknown men in the capital, Islamabad, a day after they abducted, blindfolded and beat him. Dilawar Khan Wazir, from the BBC's Urdu-language service, said he was snatched from a taxi in Rawalpindi, near Islamabad, by a group of men who bundled him into another car and sped away. He did not know why he was targeted. "I was sitting in a taxi when five or six people grabbed me," Wazir told The Associated Press. "Then I was blindfolded and taken to unknown place. I was beaten." On Wednesday, the men put him into a car and left him in a deserted area in Islamabad, he said.

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