Swiss hostages held in Pakistan appear in video

AP News
Posted: Oct 25, 2011 12:51 PM
Swiss hostages held in Pakistan appear in video

Two Swiss tourists held by the Pakistani Taliban have appeared in a video, saying their captors are threatening to kill them.

The man and woman, whose names have not been released, are shown holding a newspaper dated Sept. 15 with armed, masked men behind them.

The pair are being held in northwest Pakistan close to the Afghan border. They were seized in July in nearby Baluchistan province.

The video was given to The Associated Press on Tuesday by a local resident who is purportedly in contact with the militants. Its authenticity could not be independently verified.

Militants often kidnap wealthy Pakistanis and less commonly foreigners. Large ransoms are often paid.