Official: Two teens escape Pakistani Taliban

Story highlights

  • The two are among 30 boys kidnapped by the Pakistani Taliban in September
  • The boys ecaped captivity in Afghanistan, a senior official in Bajaur Agency says
  • They were abducted while on a picnic and taken to neighboring Afghanistan
Two teenage boys escaped from captivity in Afghanistan to their villages in northwest Pakistan, authorities told CNN on Thursday.
The two ages 13 and 15 had been abducted with 28 others last month, said Islam Zeb, a senior administrator in Bajaur Agency.
Pakistani Taliban forces abducted them as a punishment for belonging to a tribe that had formed a pro-government militia to battle the terror group.
"Everyone who supports the government against Taliban will face the same fate," a Taliban spokesman said.
After over a month in captivity, the boys reached their homes in the village of Mamond in Bajaur agency, part of the semi-autonomous tribal region in northwest Pakistan.
According to Zeb, the boys had been abducted while on a picnic on the Muslim holy day of Eid and taken to neighboring Afghanistan.