Japanese journalist kidnapped five months ago is freed by his Taliban captors... because he is 'a fellow Muslim

Japanese journo
Freed: Kosuke Tsuneoka was abducted by apparent Taliban militants in Afghanistan five months ago
A Japanese journalist who was abducted by apparent Taliban militants in Afghanistan five months ago has been freed by his captors, it was revealed this morning.
Kosuke Tsuneoka, a freelance journalist and veteran of war zones, was released on Saturday night in good health and is at the Japanese Embassy in Kabul.
Tsuneoka's mother told told reporters that her 41-year-old son had called home from the embassy after being released in the Dasht-e-Archi district of Kunduz province.
Tsuneoka's captors apparently decided to release him because he is a fellow Muslim, Kyodo said.
According to his personal website, Tsuneoka converted to the religion in 2000 while in Moscow.
Tsuneoka had been missing since April 1, when he posted a message on Twitter saying he had travelled to a Taliban-controlled area in northern Afghanistan. Friends later received word that he had been kidnapped.
Hopes for his release grew over the weekend after two new messages in English suddenly emerged on his Twitter account.
He assured his followers that he was alive and in jail in Kunduz. It was not clear how or why the messages were sent.
This isn't the first time Tsuneoka has been abducted. He went missing in Georgia in 2001 and was held for several months by unidentified individuals, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.
He was freed during a Georgian military operation.
Tsuneoka is the latest of more than half a dozen foreign journalists kidnapped in Afghanistan, including two French reporters who disappeared after being seized last December in Kapisa province just outside Kabul.
The two are believed to still be in captivity.
A New York Times reporter, David Rohde, escaped last year along with an Afghan colleague seven months after being kidnapped while interviewing insurgents in the eastern province of Logar.
The pair, along with their Afghan driver, were held in numerous compounds in Afghanistan and Pakistan while their captors dithered over a ransom.
Shortly after Rohde's escape, another New York Times reporter, Stephen Farrell, and his Afghan translator were kidnapped by Taliban insurgents in Kunduz.
The British-Irish Farrell was rescued soon after in a raid by British commandos in which the translator and a British commando were killed.
In October, 2008, Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reporter Mellissa Fung was seized at a refugee camp on the outskirts of Kabul.
She was released four weeks later after being held in a pit, chained and blindfolded. Around that time, Dutch journalist Joanie de Rijke was held for a week after being seized in the Surobi area east of Kabul.
 
 
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