French tourist abducted in Balochistan

May 24th, 2009 - 5:16 pm ICT by ANI  

Quetta, May 24 (ANI): Armed miscreants have kidnapped a French tourist from Chagai district of Balochistan near Pakistan-Iran border.

The tourist has been identified as Anthio, 41.

According to the sources, six French, including two men, two women and two children who were travelling to Iran via Taftan border in two separate vehicles.

Half a dozen kidnappers armed with Kalashnikovs stopped the tourists’ in Landi area about 30 kilometres away from Dalbandin town, and asked all of them to move out of the vehicle, The Nation reports.

“Kidnappers held tourists hostage for some time and later took one of them gunpoint in a vehicle towards an unknown location,” said Karar Shah, a police officer from Dalbandin.

None of the terrorist outfits have responsibility of the kidnapping so far.

Meanwhile, in Paris, the Foreign Ministry also confirmed the kidnapping of the tourist, saying it was doing all it can to ensure a safe return of the kidnapped person.

“Since we were told about this, French authorities, notably France’s Embassy in Islamabad and the foreign ministry’s crisis centre, are fully mobilized,” a statement issued by the French Foreign Ministry said. (ANI)

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