Thursday 31 December 2009

AFP: Two journalists kidnapped in Afghanistan

Suspected Taliban militants have kidnapped two French journalists working for France's public television broadcaster and three Afghan companions in the east of country.
Gunmen snatched the group as they were travelling around 38 miles from the Afghan capital on Wednesday, a French journalist working with them told AFP.
Criminal groups and Taliban insurgents have kidnapped several dozen foreigners, many of them journalists, since the 2001 ousting of the Taliban regime in Kabul.
"The two journalists, accompanied by their Afghan translator, and the translator's brother and cousin, were kidnapped on the road between Surobi and Tagab," their French colleague said.
She blamed the kidnapping on the Taliban, saying they had laid an ambush on the road for the group in Kapisa province.

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