Canadian man captured by Taliban five years ago freed by militants

A Canadian man captured by the Taliban in 2010 has been freed.

OTTAWA — A Canadian man captured by the Taliban in 2010 has been freed.

Colin Rutherford was on a private vacation in Afghanistan when he was seized by the militant group in November of that year.

The last indication the Toronto man’s family had that he was alive came in a 2011 video released by insurgents where he answered questions an accompanying email accused Rutherford, then 26, of being a spy.

In the video, Rutherford insisted he was not a spy and had travelled to Afghanistan to study historical sites, old buildings and shrines.

Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion announced Rutherford’s release in a brief statement, but did not explain what steps were taken to secure his freedom.

He would only say that looks forward to Rutherford being able to return home where he’ll be reunited with his family.

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