A Chinese tourist held hostage for more than a year by the Taliban in Pakistan has been freed by the country’s security forces and intelligence agencies, authorities said.
China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency identified the hostage as Hong Xudong, who was abducted in May 2014 near the northwestern Pakistani city of Dera Ismail Khan. Hong, who is from central China’s Hubei province, had entered the country from India and had been travelling around Pakistan by bicycle.
Pakistani Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan announced the rescue of a Chinese hostage late Sunday night, without naming Hong. Xinhua, citing a statement from the Chinese Embassy in Islamabad, said Hong was rescued Saturday and handed over to their diplomats on Sunday, without elaborating.