Chinese engineer Long Xiaowei is interviewed by media at the airport in Islamabad, Pakistan, Feb. 18, 2009. Long Xiaowei, who was released from the custody of Taliban in northwestern Pakistan, has left here for China on Wednesday.(Xinhua/Li Jingchen)
ISLAMABAD, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese engineer who was released from the custody of Taliban in northwestern Pakistan has left here for China on Wednesday.
The engineer named Long Xiaowei boarded a China
Southern Airlines flight heading for Urumqi in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region
Charge d'affaires of the Chinese Embassy to Pakistan
Yao Jing, while seeing off the engineer, expressed thanks to the Pakistani
authorities for their great efforts for the engineer's release.
Long expressed his gratitude to the Chinese
government, the embassy and the Pakistani authorities for his final release.
Long was set free and handed over to Pakistani police
on Saturday. Long and his colleague were abducted by militants in Lower Dir
district in North West Frontier Province in August last year.