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French tourist freed after Pak kidnapping

A French tourist kidnapped three months ago in Baluchistan in southern Pakistan was released on Friday and handed over to the authorities, senior Pakistani security officials said.

world Updated: Aug 21, 2009 15:38 IST

A French tourist kidnapped three months ago in Baluchistan in southern Pakistan was released on Friday and handed over to the authorities, senior Pakistani security officials said.

"He has been released this morning, he is with Pakistani officials," said one of the officials, who declined to be named.

"He has been secured somewhere in Baluchistan," another security service official said.

The 41-year-old man was snatched from a group of compatriots on May 23 in an area where ethnic Baluch separatist groups and Islamist fighters linked to Al-Qaeda and the Taliban are known to operate, around 80 kilometres (50 miles) from the border with Afghanistan.