Two Swiss have been freed after being captured by Taliban while holidaying in remote Pakistan. The Swiss government has denied reports a ransom was paid for their freedom.
With kidnappings of tourists becoming increasingly common everywhere from the Philippines to Mali, should travellers be rethinking their holiday destinations or is it just a question of being street-smart? And should governments be responsible for tourists’ welfare even if they ignore official warnings?
Recent Swiss abductions
Two Swiss tourists are captured by the Taliban while travelling in a remote region of Pakistan. They are released in March 2012.
A 50-year-old businessman is abducted in Cuernavaca in Mexico. Although a ransom of SFr10,000 is paid by his family, he has not reappeared.
A 71-year-old businessman, who had been abducted in the south of the Philippines, is freed by soldiers.
Eight Red Cross workers, including one Swiss, are released after being held for a week in the Congo.
Police in Colombia free a 32-year-old Swiss woman who had been held for a fortnight.
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