UN man freed by kidnappers

5 04 2009

Karachi News.Net
Saturday 4th April, 2009

An employee of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the American John Solecki, has been released after being held in northwestern Pakistan.

Mr Solecki was kidnapped two months ago by a previously unknown group called the Baluchistan Liberation United Front.

He and his driver were ambushed after leaving his home in the southern city Quetta on February 2nd.

Gunmen killed his Pakistani driver and held him captive.

On Saturday, he was released by his captors near the city of Quetta.

The Baluchistan Liberation United Front, which had in the past demanded that the government free thousands of prisoners in exchange for Solecki’s release, have said he was let go because of his poor health.