Taliban releases the Swiss Hostages

A Swiss couple held hostage by the Pakistani Taliban is free after an eight-month ordeal, the army says.

The man and woman were kidnapped last July in Balochistan province.

They turned up at a military checkpoint in the North Waziristan tribal region near the Afghan border on Thursday, the army says.

Unconfirmed reports say the pair may have escaped from their captors, but it is not clear if a ransom was paid or they were part of a prisoner swap, according to BBC.

There is no word yet from the Swiss embassy in Islamabad.