Islamabad, May 20 (IANS): A Taliban group claimed responsibility Tuesday for kidnapping a Chinese tourist in Pakistan while he was travelling from Lahore to Balochistan, media reported.
Hong Xu Dong was kidnapped Monday from Darban area of Dera Ismail Khan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Dawn online reported.
Abdullah Bahar, leader of the Taliban group, said they have kidnapped the Chinese tourist from Darban and he is in their custody and has been shifted to a safe area.
Bahar said the Chinese tourist was kidnapped to force Pakistani authorities to release Taliban militants in their custody.
Security forces have recovered Dong's belongings from the spot from where he was abducted.