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Kidnapped UN Worker From New Jersey Headed Home from Pakistan

Sunday, April 05, 2009

An American United Nations worker abducted more than two months ago headed home Sunday, a day after he turned up unharmed alongside a road in western Pakistan with his hands and feet bound. New Jersey native John Solecki was discovered in a village some 30 miles south of Quetta near the Afghan border after his captors called a local news agency to tell them where to look. At one point, the kidnappers had threatened to behead him. Solecki, who headed the UN refugee agency's operations in Quetta, made no public comment. Police and UN officials declined to discuss what led to his release.

New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, worked with the Solecki family during this ordeal and has been in touch with the Pakistani ambassador through his position on the committee.

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