Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan
A Chinese tourist who was kidnapped last year in Pakistan has been released, the Pakistani interior minister announced on Sunday.
The man, previously identified as Hong Xudong, was abducted in May 2014 while he was biking in Daraban of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, which is surrounded by regions “rife with insurgents”.
Hong was released following an intelligence operation and a year-long effort by the Pakistani government, the Associated Press reports.
“The Chinese tourist was recovered Saturday night after a successful operation and is to be handed over to the Chinese embassy in Islamabad anytime soon,” Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said at a press conference in Islamabad.
A fraction of the Teehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan claims to have been responsible for the man’s kidnapping, although Khan did not confirm this.
In May, a militant video appearing to show the hostage calling on the Chinese government to help secure his release was published online.