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Taleban release Chinese engineer


Taleban militants in north-western Pakistan have released a Chinese engineer held hostage for more than five months.

A Taleban spokesman was quoted as saying the engineer was freed as a "goodwill gesture" to the Chinese.

The engineer, Long Xiaowei, arrived at China's embassy in Islamabad on Sunday and was in good health, a Chinese official said.

Mr Long was captured in August in the Dir region with a Chinese colleague.

A Taleban spokesman said in October that the colleague had escaped.

A Pakistani guard and driver who had been captured with the two engineers were recovered at the same time.

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