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Pakistani journalist released after kidnap

AFP  |  Miranshah (Pakistan) 

Gunmen released a journalist today a day after he was kidnapped in one of Pakistan's tribal areas on the border, a relative said.

"Armed men released Lal Wazir and dropped him near Azam Warsak Bazar today," his uncle Ibrahim Wazir told AFP.

Lal Wazir, 38, who works for a local newspaper in the South Waziristan town of Azam Warsak, was taken from a shop by six masked gunmen yesterday.

"Lal is currently unable to speak to anybody but he arrived back home in safety," his uncle added.

A local official confirmed the release. Nobody has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping.

The tribal areas are a haven for Islamist militants including the According to the press campaign group Reporters Without Borders, was the third deadliest country for journalists last year, behind Syria and Somalia.

First Published: Fri, October 04 2013. 20:41 IST