Canadian held by Taliban released after 5 years

A Canadian man kidnapped by Taliban militants in Afghanistan in 2010 has been released, Canadian Foreign Minister Stephane Dion and the militant group said.

Colin Rutherford was 26 when he was reported missing while visiting the war-ravaged country. According to the Taliban, he was captured in the central province of Ghazni.

In a statement Tuesday the Taliban confirmed his release, saying he had been set free “on grounds of humanitarian sympathy and sublime Islamic ethics.”

In a video released by the Taliban in May 2011, the Taliban asked Rutherford if he worked for the Canadian government, but he denied the claims, saying he was only a tourist. 

“Canada is very pleased that efforts undertaken to secure the release of Colin Rutherford from captivity have been successful,” Dion said.

The minister thanked the government of Qatar for mediation in the release of Rutherford.

Last update: Tue, 12/01/2016 - 11:22

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