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Pakistani Taleban kidnap Chinese cyclist

Published on May 20, 2014 4:20 PM

DERA ISMAIL KHAN (REUTERS) - The Pakistani Taleban have kidnapped a Chinese tourist on a cycling tour of the country, police and Taleban sources said Tuesday, the latest in a series of abductions aimed at raising money for rival Taleban factions.

The man, whose name and passport details were supplied to Reuters, was kidnapped on Monday in Daraban, near the western city of Dera Ismail Khan.

Abdullah Bahar, a senior Taleban commander, told Reuters the man was in their custody.

"We kidnapped the Chinese tourist. He is now in our hands," he said. "We will demand the release of our fighters who are in government custody."

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