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Two French journalists kidnapped in Afghanistan

French Defence Minister Herve Morin visiting French trooops in Afghanistan, 31 December.
Defence Minister has 'no news of missing French journalists'

Two French reporters have been kidnapped north-east of the Afghan capital Kabul, Afghan officials say.

They say the journalists were seized in Kapisa province, along with three Afghans travelling with them.

French Defence minister Herve Morin, who is visiting Afghanistan, said he had had no news of two journalists since Wednesday.

Their identity is unclear. Media sources in Paris said they work for the French TV Channel FR3.

According to provincial police chief Matiuallah Safi, the journalists and the Afghans accompanying them were abducted in the Shinkai district of Kapisa province, 120km (70 miles) from Kabul.

Mr Safi said police were in contact with local villagers but no contact had been made with the abductors.

Both the Taliban and other insurgent groups operate in Kapisa province. French troops are also stationed there as part of the Nato-led force in Afghanistan.

At the French base in Nijrab, in central Kapisa, Mr Morin said that he was not ruling out "any theories".

He is visiting the French troops in Afghanistan for the new year.

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