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Kabul Korrespondence

Fresh, factual, and funky view of Afghanistan and the surrounding Central Asian region

Taleban say foreign journalist abducted in Afghan East

Monday, November 09, 2009

AIP

The Taleban announced that they had captured a foreign national, who had entered their area in Konar Province [in eastern Afghanistan] illegally.

A spokesman for the Salafi Taleban, operating under the Taleban's Islamic Emirate, Qari Mohammad Taher Salafi, told the Afghan Islamic Press [AIP]: "They [Salafi Taleban] do not know who the foreign national is who was detained by their mojahedin in Watapor District of Konar Province on 6 November. He [the journalist] says that he is a Norwegian journalist. After a thorough investigation, they will give details to the media."

Salafi added: "If it is proved that the abducted person is really a journalist then they will treat him well."

Qari Salafi said treating journalists well and protecting them was their duty, but entering the Taleban's area intentionally was a violation.

Qari Salafi told the AIP that no conditions had been set for his release and they would announce it to the media after the completion of the investigation.

Qari Mohammad Taher Salafi, who always briefs the media about the activities of their [Salafi] Taleban, said he did not know the nationality of the abducted person and the conditions set for his release.

Meanwhile, a local Salafi Taleban spokesman, Qari Dawat, told journalists that the abducted person was a citizen of Norway and was a journalist. The withdrawal of all the Norwegian troops from Afghanistan and the release of 10 Taleban [prisoners] are the conditions set for the release of the abducted journalist.

Qari Mohammad Taher Salafi said he knew nothing about these conditions.
posted by Travis, 11:23 pm

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