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2 Czechs kidnapped in Pakistan on video alive

PRAGUE (AP) — A video of two Czech tourists who were abducted by gunmen as they were traveling on a bus through southwest Pakistan shows them both speaking and alive.

The two women were on the road from Iran to Quetta, the capital of Pakistan's southwest Baluchistan province, when they were seized in March. The Foreign Ministry said Wednesday the video was delivered to the Czech embassy in Islamabad and was released to the media at the request of the women's families. The hostages spoke separately and one said the video was taken Aug. 23.

Czech President Milos Zeman said earlier this month the two were being held on the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan and officials were negotiating in hopes of getting them released. The kidnappers are unknown.

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