Pakistan rescues Chinese tourist held by the Taliban

Pakistan’s interior minister says a Chinese tourist held hostage for months by the Taliban has been freed in a government operation. In a press conference late Sunday night that was broadcast Monday on multiple TV channels, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said the man will be handed over to Chinese authorities soon. Khan did not identify the Chinese national and did not provide details on the rescue. The only Chinese national known to be held by the Taliban is Hong Xudong, who was abducted in May 2014 near the northwestern Pakistani city of Dera Ismail Khan. The kidnapping was claimed by a splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban. A video released in May 2015 showed a man identified as Hong asking the Chinese government to honor his kidnappers’ unspecified ransom demands.



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