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UPDATED: 08:38, November 27, 2006
Taliban say 2 Pakistani journalists released in Afghanistan
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The Taliban said they had freed two Pakistani journalists Sunday morning, who were abducted days ago in Helmand province of southern Afghanistan.

The journalists were released in an area in the province near Afghan-Pakistani border, a Taliban spokesman Mohammad Hanif told Xinhua from an undisclosed place by telephone.

Hanif said the two journalists, whose names are Salim Shahzad and Qamar Yousufzai, were captured by the Taliban in Baghran district days ago.

He said the journalists were arrested because they entered Taliban region without permission and without press documents.

After an investigation, the Taliban found they were really Pakistani journalist and decided to free them, Hanif said, adding they had been treated as "guests" during their captive.

Shahzad, who works for The Star newspaper in Pakistan, and Yousufzai for several media outlets, were kidnapped by Taliban militants on Nov. 21, media reports said.

Militants in this volatile country have kidnapped or attacked foreign journalists from time to time.

Some militants abducted an Italian press-photographer in Helmand on Oct. 14 but released him on Nov. 3.

Moreover, some unknown gunmen killed two German journalists in Baghlan province of northern Afghanistan on Oct. 6.

Source: Xinhua


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