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US: Kidnapped NY Times reporter escapes from Taliban: paper

21 Jun 2009 2:31 AM

WASHINGTON, June 20 AFP - A New York Times reporter kidnapped last November by the Taliban and held in the mountains of Afghanistan and Pakistan has escaped to freedom, the newspaper says on its website.

David Rohde and a local reporter, who were abducted outside of Kabul along with their driver, "just walked over the wall of the compound" where they were being held captive in Pakistan's remote North Waziristan region, Rohde's wife Kristen Mulvihill told the Times.

Although sporadic reports of the abduction had found their way onto the Internet, the daily and other media had kept the kidnapping quiet out of a concern for the men's safety, it said.