Taliban Release Video Of Canadian Hostage

by Florian Flade

The Afghan Taliban have released a hostage video of Canadian national Colin Mackenzie Rutherford . In the short tape Mr.Rutherford, who was kidnapped in the Afghan Province of Ghazni in October 2010, answers questions from one of the hostage takers – asked in English.

Here is a short excerpt of the Q&A:




„My nationality is Canadian“

What is your religion?

„I don´t have a religion. I´m a agnostic“

How much of education have you done?

„4 years“

What degree?


Have you worked for the government?


„I´m from Canada and I came as a tourist.“

„I came to Afghanistan in October“

„First Kabul“

Areas you visited?

„I spent touring Kabul and then I went to Ghazni the next day.“



When did you come to Ghazni?

„I came to Ghazni three days after I reached Kabul“

When apprehended?

„I was apprehended on the 2nd day after arriving in Ghazni“

How were you treated by the Taliban?

„I was treated humanly“

Colin Rutherford allegedly came to Afghanistan as a tourist and according to Canadian authorities was in the area where he was kidnapped to study the local language.

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