New York Times reporter David Rohde escaped from the Taliban Friday night, the paper reported, after seven months of captivity where the U.S. government and media outlets voluntarily decided not to report on the matter.
Rohde, and another local reporter, Tahir Ludin were captured along with their driver Asadullah Mangal on Nov. 10 in Kabul Afghanistan while Rohde was researching a book, the Times said.
Rohde told his wife, Kristen Mulvihill, that he was being held in the North Waziristan region of Pakistan, Mulvihill told the Times.
Rohde was in good health, but Ludin injured his foot in the escape, while Mangal chose to join the Taliban, Mulvihill said her husband told her.
The Times’ executive editor, Bill Keller said the organization consulted with experts in kidnapping, officials of several governments and others in deciding that public exposure of the capture would have increased the danger to Rodhe and the other hostages.