Swiss couple kidnapped in Loralai

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A Swiss couple have been abducted while travelling in Balochistan, a senior government official said on Friday, triggering a police search. They were kidnapped in Loralai district, 170 kilometres east of Quetta, the official said. “We have received reports that two Swiss nationals have been kidnapped in Loralai district,” Balochistan Home Secretary Zafarullah Baloch said, naming the area where the foreigners were taken.
“We have sent a police team and an administration official to search them,” he added. Baloch said the Swiss citizens had entered Balochistan from Dera Ghazi Khan district in Punjab and might have been coming to Quetta. Nobody has yet claimed responsibility for the incident or contacted authorities about the abducted foreigners, he said.
Balochistan, which borders Iran and Afghanistan, has seen an upswing in violence recently, with the province suffering from a separatist insurgency, sectarian violence and Taliban militants. Hundreds of people have died since rebels rose up in 2004 demanding political autonomy and a greater share of profits from the region’s natural oil, gas and mineral resources.