Swiss Hostages Held in Pakistan Appear in Video

ISLAMABAD -- Two Swiss tourists held by the Pakistani Taliban have appeared in a video, appealing to the Pakistani government to release Taliban prisoners in exchange for the two of them.

The man and woman, whose names have not been released, say they are at risk of being killed. They are shown holding a newspaper dated Sept. 15 with armed masked men behind them.

The pair are being held in northwest Pakistan close to the Afghan border. They were seized in July in nearby Baluchistan province.

The video was given to The Associated Press on Tuesday by a local resident who is purportedly in contact with the militants. Its authenticity could not be independently verified.

Militants often kidnap wealthy Pakistanis and less commonly foreigners. Large ransoms are often paid.