Two days before the official federal election in Canada in 2008, the Canadian reporter Mellissa Fung was kidnapped by a gang of armed Afghan men.
Fung, her driver and her translator were sent to cover a story about a Canadian military basecamp in Kandahar, Afghanistan. During her stay the reporter was kidnapped by an unnamed group of men, who were originally believed to be terrorists but later turned out to be just some Afghan bandits. The woman spent several weeks chained in a cave while her kidnappers were negotiating terms for her release.
Members of the Afghan intelligence services were able to identify Fung’s kidnappers and to track down the family of one of the bandits. They kidnapped his family just as he had done with Fung. After outsmarting him, the intelligence managed to convince the criminals to let Fung go without asking for a ransom.
The reporter later wrote a book about her kidnapping, entitled Under an Afghan Sky.