Incident Summary:

11/10/2008: Unidentified assailants kidnapped David Rohde, a New York Times reporter, along with Tahir Ludin, an Afghan reporter, and their driver in Logar province, Afghanistan. The captives were transported to North Waziristan region of Pakistan. On June 19, 2009, Rohde and Ludin escaped and returned home in good health. THe remaining hostage escaped on July 27, 2009. A Taliban splinter group called Mahaz Fedai Tahrik Islami Afghanistan claimed responsibility for the incident.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
South of Kabul

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Journalists & Media
Name of Entity The New York Times
Specific Description Reporter: David Rohde
Nationality of Target United States
Target Type: Journalists & Media
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Reporter: Tahir Ludin
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Driver: Asadullah Mangal
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 3
US Hostages 1
Days of Kidnapping 259
Outcome Hostage(s) escaped (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom Yes
Total Ransom Amount Demanded 25000000.00
Ransom Amount Demanded from US Sources Unknown
Total Ransom Amount Paid Unknown
Total Ransom Amount Paid by US Sources Unknown
Ransom Notes Unknown
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Weapon Details
No specific mention of weapons was made
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Media did not publicize the abduction for fear of endangering the lives of the captives. The incident was not acknowledged publicly until seven months after the kidnapping, when the reporters escaped.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Mahaz Fedai Tahrik Islami Afghanistan Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Jason Straziuso, "New York Times reporter escapes Taliban captivity," Associated Press, June 20, 2009.
"Editor: We had to keep mum on reporter's capture," Associated Press, June 21, 2009.
David Rohde, "Epilogue," The New York Times, October 21, 2009.