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Police say Chinese tourist abducted in Pakistan

Police say Chinese tourist abducted in Pakistan; Taliban commander claims responsibility

Police say Chinese tourist abducted in Pakistan

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) -- A Pakistani police officer says a Chinese tourist has been abducted in the country's northwest. A Taliban group has claimed responsibility.

Officer Sadiq Baluch says the Chinese national's passport, bicycle and belongings were found on Tuesday. He says the man went missing on Monday from Dera Ismail Khan district.

Baluch says the man had apparently entered Pakistan from neighboring India in April.

He says the police were not informed about the man's presence in the district bordering Pakistan's lawless tribal region, which is home to local and al-Qaida-linked foreign militants.

A Pakistani Taliban group commander, Abdullah Bahar, claimed responsibility. Bahar says the group will use the man to get his comrades freed from Pakistani custody.

No one at the Chinese Embassy in Islamabad immediately responded to calls for comment.

Updated : 2022-01-17 06:00 GMT+08:00