Saturday, June 20, 2009

NY Times Reporter Escapes Taliban After 7 Months

Tomas Munita for The New York Times
David Rohde, a reporter captured last fall by the Taliban, interviewed residents of the Helmand region of Afghanistan in 2007.

David Rohde, a New York Times reporter who was kidnapped by the Taliban, escaped Friday night and made his way to freedom after more than seven months of captivity in the mountains of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Rohde, along with a local reporter, Tahir Ludin, and their driver, Asadullah Mangal, was abducted outside Kabul, Afghanistan, on Nov. 10 while he was researching a book.

Mr. Rohde was part of The Times’s reporting team that won a Pulitzer Prize this spring for coverage of Afghanistan and Pakistan last year.

Until now, the kidnapping has been kept quiet by The Times and other media organizations out of concern for the men’s safety. [Click for MORE] Sphere: Related Content

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