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英语新闻:塔利班疑现中国人质 放出视频勒索赎金

2015-05-26    来源:普特编辑部    【      美国外教 在线口语培训

塔利班疑现中国人质 放出视频勒索赎金

【新闻速递】

巴基斯坦一个塔利班分支组织24日公布一段视频,其中人质疑似一年前在巴基斯坦西北部遭绑架的一名中国游客。视频中,这名人质请求解救他。新华社驻伊斯兰堡分社首席记者张琪说,中国驻巴基斯坦大使馆目前正在与巴有关方面密切联系,核实情况,开展工作。

这段视频由塔利班一个分支组织提供给美联社。其中人质与去年5月在巴基斯坦失踪的一名中国游客长相相似。

2014年5月19日,一名中国游客在巴基斯坦开伯尔-普什图省的德拉伊斯梅尔汗地区德拉本镇被绑架。警方在事发地区发现了他的护照、自行车和其他个人物品。据了解,这名中国游客遭绑架时正独自骑车旅行。他于去年4月从印度进入巴基斯坦,打算骑车从巴东部的拉合尔前往西南部的奎达。

相关英语新闻:

Embassy verifying 'video of kidnap'

The Chinese embassy in Pakistan is attempting to verify reports of a video purporting to show a Chinese kidnapped by Taliban-allied fighters in Pakistan a year ago asking Beijing to help secure his release.

Chinese in Pakistan have been told to be on the alert, despite the security situation improving this year.

According to the video from a militant known to belong to a Taliban splinter group called Jaish al-Hadeed, or "Contingent of Steel", the man asks the Chinese government for help, The Associated Press reported.

China's embassy in Islamabad said it is contacting Pakistani authorities to verify the case, Chinese media reported on Monday.

The man in the video resembled photographs of Hong Xudong, who went missing after entering Pakistan from India by bicycle in April last year.

Hong was abducted in May in the town of Daraban on the outskirts of the Dera Ismail Khan district, which borders Pakistan's tribal regions.

Police later recovered his cycle and some of his belongings.

Wang Xu, a South Asian studies researcher at Peking University, said it was unlikely that the abductors specifically sought a Chinese victim as it is dangerous for anyone, but especially foreigners, to pass through the area on their own.

Pakistani authorities essentially ban most foreigners from traveling in Dera Ismail Khan, partly because of safety concerns. But foreign tourists continue to attempt cross-country bicycle tours, The Washington Post reported last year.

Wang said the security situation in Pakistan has improved since its army launched a massive operation in the tribal regions in June to eliminate militant groups.

Still, Chinese tourists and workers should learn more about the nation's religious, cultural and ethnic diversity, he said, adding that the resolution of such cases often takes long-term negotiations between the Pakistani government, the army and Taliban fighters.

The commander of a Taliban splinter group called Shehryar Mehsud, Abdullah Bahar, claimed responsibility for the abduction last year.

Bahar was later killed by a suspected US drone strike.

It's unclear what relationship Shehryar Mehsud has with Jaish al-Hadeed, although Taliban splinter groups frequently cooperate with each other, AP reported.(英文文本 via China Daily)

重点解析 Key Phrases/Words

1. on the alert 警戒着, 随时准备着, 密切注意着

2. outskirt n. 市郊,郊区

3. abductor n. 绑架者,拐骗者,劫持者

4. commander n. 指挥官,司令官



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