The United States said Friday that four Americans were detained in Zimbabwe and two of them had been released.
"First of all, over the course of yesterday there were four American citizens that were detained by Zimbabwean authorities. Two of those citizens have subsequently been released, and I understand have now left the country," State Department deputy spokesman Tom Casey said.
"The other two citizens remain in detention, one of whom we were able to make contact with and consular officials were able to visit yesterday. We have now, working with the Zimbabwean authorities, been able to locate the fourth individual and have also had consular access to them," Casey said.
Casey said the United States will continue work on this issue "because we want to see these people released as soon as possible."
According to media reports, a New York Times correspondent was detained in Zimbabwe on Thursday and he was charged with breaching the media laws of Zimbabwe.
The United States has urged Zimbabwe to quickly release the election results.