Swiss couple freed

Taliban commanders said a ransom was paid in exchange for the release.

Written by Associated Press | Islamabad | Published:March 16, 2012 1:03 am

A Swiss couple held captive for nearly a year by the Taliban in Pakistan turned up at an army post close to the Afghan border on Thursday,claiming to have escaped from their captors,the Pakistani army said. They were swiftly flown to safety by the military.

Taliban commanders said a ransom was paid in exchange for the release.

David Och and Daniela Widmer,smiling and looking healthy,briefly waved for the cameras at a military airbase close to Islamabad before getting into a van. The couple,who were apparently on holiday,were seized in July in the province of Baluchistan.

They appeared in a militant video in October,saying their captors were threatening to kill them.

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