Japanese Journalist Released in Afghanistan

Sunday, September 5, 2010


Tokyo -- Kosuke Tsuneoka, the Japanese freelance journalist who was kidnapped in Afghanistan on March 30, was released last night and is now in the hands of the Japanese embassy in Kabul.

The first reports say that Tsuneoka is unharmed and in good spirits.

Tsuneoka, 41, was said to have been kidnapped by elements of the Taliban near Kunduz while reporting on a story, but further details are not known.

His captors had been asking for a ransom, and it is possible that he was released because terms were agreed.

After a physical examination at the Kabul embassy, Tsuneoka is expected to return directly to Japan.

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