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Swiss Couple Claims to Have Escaped Taliban

Taliban say ransom paid, prisoners exchanged
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 15, 2012 1:27 PM CDT
Swiss Couple Claims to Have Escaped Taliban
Swiss couple David Och and Daniela Widmer wave upon their arrival at Qasim military base in Rawalpindi, Pakistan earlier today.   (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

(Newser) – A Swiss couple kidnapped by the Taliban while vacationing in Pakistan last July turned up at a Pakistani army post today. The Taliban say a ransom was paid, but David Och and Daniela Widmer claim they escaped, reports the Christian Science Monitor. The couple had appeared in a Taliban video in October, saying the militants were threatening to kill them. After they appeared today, however, two Taliban commanders said they were only freed after several Taliban prisoners were released by the government and a ransom was paid. "They say they escaped from the custody of militants," says a Pakistani general. (Read more Pakistan stories.)

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