May 29, 1988 |
A French photojournalist who was captured last summer in Afghanistan while covering U.S.-backed guerrillas was released Saturday from a prison near Kabul after a pardon by Afghan President Najibullah. Alain Guillo, 45, a free-lance photographer, was pardoned after a personal appeal by French President Francois Mitterrand. He arrived Saturday at the French Embassy in New Delhi and later departed for Paris aboard an Air France flight accompanied by French officials. Guillo was captured Aug.
September 15, 1989
Afghan insurgents said they stopped two government supply convoys that tried to run a guerrilla blockade on the Salang Highway, which links Kabul with the Soviet Union. Rebels under Ahmed Shah Masoud also captured a string of government posts, according to reports reaching Pakistan. There was no independent confirmation. In Kabul, the government released Henri-Xavier Lemire, 33, a French aid worker captured Aug. 14 while traveling with a guerrilla convoy 95 miles west of Kandahar.
January 19, 2002 |
An Alabama man who said he was kidnapped by a tribal warlord in Afghanistan and held for $25,000 ransom has been released after 10 days of frequent torture, his wife said Friday. Clark Russell Bowers' wife, Amanda, said he called Friday morning from Pakistan and told her of being tortured by his captors. She didn't say if any ransom had been paid. "He did suffer some torture, and that has taken some of the joy," she told reporters at her home in Harvest, Ala.. "But he is in a safe location.
January 15, 2002 |
An American on a humanitarian mission in Afghanistan was taken hostage last week and is being held for $25,000 ransom, his family and the office of U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) said Monday.
November 6, 2004 |
Militants claiming to hold three United Nations hostages in Afghanistan moved back a deadline for carrying out their threat to kill the trio, giving U.N. and Afghan officials until tonight to open negotiations. Taliban splinter group Jaish al Muslimeen has demanded the withdrawal of the U.N. from Afghanistan and the release of Taliban prisoners held in Afghanistan and at the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
December 31, 1999 |
Indian negotiators have offered to release jailed Kashmiri militants to gain the freedom of more than 150 hostages on a hijacked jet in Afghanistan, but talks are deadlocked concerning the issue of sanctuaries for the hijackers and the militants, Afghan officials and other sources said Thursday.