Apr 06, 2009

Balochistan: Pakistani Group Frees US Hostage.

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The American UN worker John Solecky has been freed by militants two months after he was snatched at gunpoint in the Pakistani province of Balochistan.


Below is an article published by: BBC

The UN and local police said John Solecki was abandoned by his captors in a village near the city of Quetta.

Mr Solecki, a UN refugee agency (UNHCR) worker, was snatched on 2 February [2009] in the city. His driver was killed.

Militants from the hitherto unknown Balochistan Liberation United Front took responsibility for the abduction.
The group has made several statements since the kidnapping claiming that Mr Solecki was in poor health.

But UN spokeswoman Jennifer Pagonis said Mr Solecki was "tired but he seems OK".
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he was very pleased Mr Solecki had been freed and thanked all those who had worked to secure his release.

The BLUF had demanded the release of thousands of prisoners it claimed were being held by the government.

A person claiming to speak for the group contacted local journalists earlier to say the American was being freed on humanitarian grounds.

Militants have been fighting a low-level insurgency in Balochistan for many years.
The Balochistan National Party has condemned the kidnapping of Mr. Solecki on several occasions. To see the press release issued by Mr. Noordin Mengal, please visit the appeal on the website of UNPO.