A Canadian national is missing in Afghanistan, Canadian officials have said.
A spokeswoman for the department of foreign affairs in Ottawa said the man – named as Colin Rutherford – had travelled to Afghanistan as a tourist.
The confirmation followed a statement by the Taliban saying they had captured someone from Canada.
The Taliban said they had detained the man in Ghazni province, south-west of the capital Kabul, for spying.
A spokesman said he was still being held and that “documents in his possession revealed his clandestine intelligence activities”. The statement said the Taliban would soon release a video of him.
Two French television journalists were kidnapped by the Taliban north-east of Kabul more than a year ago and are still being held.
Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed Sunday that a Canadian national has gone missing in Afghanistan while visiting the war-torn south Asian country as a tourist.A spokeswoman for the department of foreign affairs in Ottawa identified the missing man as 27-year-old Canadian traveler Colin Rutherford, adding that Canadian government was working with the Afghan authorities to trace him.
The Canadian response came after the Taliban claimed that it had captured a Canadian national in the province of Ghazni, accusing him of being a spy sent by Canadian authorities to discover the hideouts of “Afghan mujahedeen” in the region.
A Taliban spokesman said in a statement that the documents found to be in possession of the captured Canadian “revealed his clandestine intelligence activities”. The insurgent group also said it planned to release a video of the hostage soon.
However, the Canadian foreign affairs spokeswoman on Sunday rejected the Taliban group’s claims, insisting that Rutherford had visited Afghanistan as a tourist with the intention of learning the local Pashto language. But she did not mention when Rutherford was first reported to be missing.
Such kidnappings of foreign nations are common in Afghanistan, where the west-backed government under President Hamid Karzai is struggling to contain a resurgent Taliban insurgency. Two French nationals abducted by the Taliban north-east of Kabul are still being held by their captors.
Each letter of the first name rules 9 years of life. Ages 27 to 54 are ruled by the 4th, 5th, and 6th letters of the first name.
9 ( i is the 9th letter of the alphabet) + 14 (n is the 14th letter of the alphabet) + 3 (C is the 3rd letter of the alphabet) = 26
[Because the first name Colin only has 5 letters, you start over with the first letter of the first name (C) as the “6th” letter.]
So from ages twenty-seven to fifty-four he has the number 26 going on.
26 = Photos. Media. In the news.