Taliban release three doctors in Balochistan

QUETTA: The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Saturday released three doctors who had been kidnapped from Balochistan in June this year.

As per media reports, the three released doctors were among five people kidnapped in Balochistan while travelling towards Zhob from Loralai District. Zhob borders the lawless tribal region of Waziristan. Five people, including three doctors, were kidnapped 42 days ago on June 11. They were identified as Loralai DHQ Hospital MS Dr Muhammad Anwer Shabozai, Senior Medical Officer Dr Nasrullah Ghilzai, Dr Ayaz Ahmed, paramedic Farooq Ahmed and driver Muhammad Anwer Khan. Kidnapping for ransom is common in the Zhob District.

Earlier, unidentified men had also kidnapped former prosecutor general Wasay Tareen from the adjoining district of Sherani. However, they set him free later. A Swiss couple, Olivier David Och, 31, and Daniela Widmer, 28, were abducted in July 2011 by Taliban while travelling in Loralai District. They were shifted to Waziristan tribal region and were finally set free after eight months. (From Daily Times)

Published in The Balochistan Point on September 22, 2013

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