Journalist kidnapped in North Waziristan
MIRANSHAH December 06, 2005: Unidentified gunmen on December 5 kidnapped a local journalist from the tribal belt bordering Afghanistan, near where a senior al Qaeda commander was reportedly killed last week, officials said.
Six armed men bundled Hayatullah Khan in a waiting car as he was going to cover a student protest in Khajoori, a town in the restive region of North Waziristan, an administration official here said.
Khan was working as correspondent for an Islamabad-based Urdu language daily newspaper called Ausaf, his family said. He was also working as a part-time photographer for the European Pressphoto Agency.
“We have been told that he had been abducted. We are investigating the matter and trying to secure his release,” the official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP.
The reason for the abduction was not immediately clear.
The incident took place close to the area where officials said Hamza Rabia, the alleged number three in Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda network, was killed on Thursday. According to US media reports, Rabia was killed by a missile fired by an unmanned Predator drone controlled by the US Central Intelligence Agency.
Source: Business Recorder