KARACHI - Citizens Police Liaison Committee and Anti-Violent Crime Cell managed to recover two employees of United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) abducted from Gulshan-e-Myamar last week.

The victims were recovered safely from the captivity of the kidnappers in a joint venture of both the security agencies from Steel Town area of the City.

The joint raid was conducted at the hideout of the kidnappers located in Steel Town. The kidnappers managed to flee from the scene.

AVCC officials stated that it was a matter of ransom and culprits behind the kidnapping were militants.

Officials quoted the statements of both the victims that the kidnappers tortured them and asking how much amount their family could pay. Meanwhile,the United Nations has welcomed the release of the two United Nations Children's Fund's national staff members who were abducted last Thursday in Karachi, stating that they are now safe and well.

"We're happy", the UN Secretary-General's spokesman Stephan Dujarric told the regular noon briefing.

A statement issued by UNICEF said, “The whole UN family in Pakistan welcomes their safe return.” 

The two staff went missing on the evening of April 17. When no contact with the staff members was possible, local police were alerted.

The police led the investigation, in close contact with UNICEF and the staff members families.

“Our colleagues are safe and well, and are being supported by UNICEF’s Karachi office, and hope to be afforded privacy as they recover from their ordeal,” the statement added.