Taliban frees two abducted Pakistani journalists

July 6th, 2008 - 12:46 am ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, July 5 (Xinhua) Taliban insurgents Saturday freed two journalists from their captivity in a tribal region in northwestern Pakistan, News Network International news agency reported. Pir Zubair Shah, a part-time employee of The New York Times and Akhtar Somroo, photographer for the newspaper, were abducted Friday by Taliban insurgents in Mohmand Agency.

The report quoted a Taliban spokesman as saying that the journalists had been freed after preliminary questioning.

Journalists entering the area must inform the Taliban. The two journalists did not inform about their arrival, hence they were picked up for questioning, he said.

Pakistan’s tribal regions are considered to be dangerous for journalists. Last month, a TV journalist was shot dead by unidentified men in Bajaur.

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