Afghan Taliban Free Canadian Held Captive for 5 Yrs

The Afghan Taliban freed a Canadian man held hostage for five years, officials said Monday, NBC News reported. 

The exact date Colin Rutherford was taken captive is unclear. The Taliban announced his capture in February 2011 and released a video that May in which the then-26-year-old said he had been a tourist in Afghanistan, according to Reuters.

Canada's Foreign Minister Stephane Dion said Qatar played a role in freeing Rutherford.

Rutherford was released on humanitarian grounds, according to a statement from the Afghan Taliban.

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