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2 Czech tourists abducted by gunmen in Pakistan in 2013 released, return home

The Czech government says two Czech tourists who were abducted by gunmen two years ago as they were traveling on a bus through southwestern Pakistan have been released.

Government spokesman Martin Ayer says the two women arrived in the Czech Republic Saturday morning. Ayer says a Turkish humanitarian organization helped negotiate their release.

He didn't immediately give further details.

The women — Hana Humpalova and Antonie Chrastecka — were on the road from Iran to Quetta, the capital of Pakistan's southwestern Baluchistan province, when they were seized in March 2013.