Fifty freed in Pakistan's northwest: official

Suspects dressed as policemen kidnapped at least 60 people in two incidents in the ethnic Pashtun tribal region of Kurram.

Fifty freed in Pakistan's northwest: official

50 people kidnapped on Saturday have been released in Pakistan's northwest, a government official said on Sunday.

Suspects dressed as policemen kidnapped at least 60 people in two incidents in the ethnic Pashtun tribal region of Kurram.

Negotiations involving tribal elders were underway for the release of the remaining 10 hostages, believed to be employees of the state power company, regional government official Mumtaz Khan told Reuters.

"Militants" seem reluctant to free them because they are government employees but we are making all our efforts and we have engaged tribal elders in the process, said Khan.

Hameedullah Khan, a tribal elder, had a different account of what happened with the hostages, saying militants released 40, while 10 escaped. He was optimistic those still being held would be freed.

"The 10 men do not have identity cards, so, It's not a big deal," Khan said.


Reuters

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