Friday, March 15, 2013

Pakistan: Update--Two Czech Tourists in 20s Kidnapped by Large Group of Gunmen

As a follow-up to my posting of yesterday (March 14), the two Czech tourists, reportedly in their 20s, now identified as Hana Humpaloia and Antonie Chrastecka, were reportedly kidnapped from a van that originated in Iran. The abduction occurred on Wednesday (March 13).

From all indications the two entered Pakistan from Iran with the intention of traveling to India via Quetta and Lahore.

Updated information suggests that the two Czech women were taken off the van by upwards of twelve gunmen in the Nok Kundi area of Chagai district and drove them away in a Toyota Land-Cruiser. 

The kidnapping occurred just inside Pakistan (Balochistan), but close to the Iranian border.

COMMENT: As I said yesterday, ANY place in Pakistan is NO place for tourists of any nation.

Although some travelers operate from the incorrect premise that only foreigners from the US, the UK and Western European nations are kidnapped, this is a very faulty assumption. ANY foreigners are on most kidnappers' "to-do" list in Pakistan. 
Another key point that needs to be emphasized in this case is why would the kidnappers select only that van, unless they had knowledge of the tourists' itinerary, which is very often the case

What is noteworthy to point out is that there were two armed police guards aboard the van that originated in Iran, suggesting that someone anticipated a foreseeable threat that should have been a "clue" to the two Czech tourists that their travel was high-risk.

No group has claimed responsibility for the abduction, although the Taliban is very active in the area as are kidnappers of all ilk.

As we know all too well, few kidnappers do anything by sheer "chance." Thus, it seems clear to me that the large size of the kidnappers' group is a clear indication that they wanted their abduction of the Czech tourists to be very successful, which it was.
This report will be updated as new information becomes available.