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article imageJournalist David Rohde escapes from Taliban kidnappers

By KJ Mullins     Jun 20, 2009 in World
New York Times reporter David Rohde escaped from the Taliban on Friday night after being held for more than seven months.
Rohde was researching for a book on November 10 when the Taliban abducted him, Tahir Ludin, a local reporter and their driver, Asadullah Mangal.
Rohde and Ludin climbed over a wall at the compound they were being held at in Pakistan. They found a Pakistani Army scout who helped them to a nearby army base. On Saturday they were flown to Bagram, Afghanistan. They are now at an American army base there.
The New York Times had kept Rohde's capture quiet for his safety.
The New York Times reports:
“From the early days of this ordeal, the prevailing view among David’s family, experts in kidnapping cases, officials of several government and others we consulted was that going public could increase the danger to David and the other hostages,” said Bill Keller, the executive editor of The Times. “The kidnappers initially said as much. We decided to respect that advice, as we have in other kidnapping cases, and a number of other news organizations that learned of David’s plight have done the same. We are enormously grateful for their support.”
Rohde has been with the Times for 12 years. Known for his Boston Red Sox cap at the offices Rohde is said to be a dogged reporter who brings a big heart to each of his articles.
He has known detainment before. In the 1990's he worked for the Christian Science Monitor reporting from Bosnia.
Rohde was the first Western journalist to report on evidence of mass graves in Bosnian Serb territory. He needed more information though before he reported his findings according to his former editor Faye Bowers at The Monitor. He vanished after emailing Bowers. Later he was found to have been imprisoned as a result of his searching. He was held by the authorities for 10 days before being released.
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