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Abducted Canadian journalist on videotape

world Updated: Feb 24, 2009 08:48 IST

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A Canadian journalist abducted last year in Pakistan's northern tribal region has surfaced, telling of her ordeal in a videotape obtained by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp, the public broadcaster reported.

Beverly Giesbrecht, 52, also known as Khadija Abdul Qahaar, was seized at gunpoint in November while traveling in the Bannu district of Pakistan's Northwest Frontier Province, which borders Afghanistan.

She was reportedly gathering materials for a documentary for her website, which offers alternative news on the Islamic world.

In the four-minute-and-43-second video, Giesbrecht says she was kidnapped by the Taliban on her second trip to the region to meet a man with a rare coin collection whom she wished to interview.

"I have been in captivity now for almost three months," she said. "I wake up in the dark and I go to sleep in the dark. There is nothing but a wood furnace and not enough wood.

"I am not sure exactly my location. I am someplace in the Afghan border area. There are air raids ... This is the war zone."

Canada's foreign affairs department has said it is engaged with Pakistani authorities to try to free her.