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Czech Women Kidnapped In Pakistan In 2013 Freed

Hana Humpalova and Antonie Chrastecka in undated file photos.
Hana Humpalova and Antonie Chrastecka in undated file photos.

Two young Czech women kidnapped in Pakistan in 2013 have been freed and are back home.

Czech Prime Minister Pavel Sobotka told the CT24 news channel on March 28 that Hana Humpalova and Antonie Chrastecka were already in the Czech Republic.

News that the two women had been freed broke when they arrived in Turkey late on March 27.

The IHH Turkish charitable organization reportedly helped negotiate their release.

Humpalova and Chrastecka were taken hostage by gunmen in Pakistan's southern Balochistan region on March 13, 2013.

The two, both 24 at the time, were traveling from Iran to India by bus.

Two videos of the women were posted on Facebook while they were being held. In the first video, Humpalova and Chrastecka said they were in good health but their lives were in danger.

In the second video, in late October 2014, they pleaded for the Czech government to help gain their release, saying their health was deteriorating.

Based on reporting by CTK and AP