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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:

Age?

“26″

Nationality?

“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?

“Science”

Have you worked for the government?

“No”

“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.”

Why?

“Tourism”

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.

Taliban Claim Arrest of “Canadian Spy”

by Florian Flade

The Afghan Taliban claim to have captured a Canadian national in Southern Afghanistan, accusing him of being a “spy”. The 29 year-old man allegedly named Colin Rutherford is said to be resident of Toronto and was kidnapped by the Taliban insurgents in Ghazni Province, the Islamists claim.

According to the Taliban they have obtained documents and photographs which proof the Canadian was on a spying mission. A Taliban Spokesman said, those holding the Canadian have been contacted by Canadian officials, talks about the release of the accused spy were not successful yet. A video of the kidnapped man will be released soon, the Taliban states.

Even if there is no proof of the kidnapping claim, there are credible reports of a Canadian citizen who went missing in Ghazni several weeks ago. One of the sources of this information is allegedly the governor of Ghazni himself.

Meanwhile the Canadian government confirmed a Canadian citizen went missing in Afghanistan. Mr.Rutherford was travelling the country as a tourist. A recent graduate of University of Toronto, the 29-year old Canadian has traveled to the region a few times. In 2009 he traveled to Pakistan, stayed in Islamabad for three weeks and then traveled to the Kashmir region. Rutherford allegedly also traveled to Kabul, Afghanistan, October – November 2010.