‘Kidnapped’ journalists freed in Afghanistan — RT World News

The UN has confirmed that two reporters held by the Taliban have been released, along with a number of Afghan nationals

Two British journalists serving with the UN and a number of Afghan nationals working alongside them were released from captivity on Friday evening, the UN Refugee Agency confirmed. The journalists would have been part of a group “kidnapped” by the ruling Taliban in Afghanistan earlier today.

“We are relieved to confirm the release in Kabul of the two journalists serving with UNHCR and the Afghan nationals working with them,” UNHCR said in a tweet, adding that, “We are grateful to everyone who has expressed concern and offered assistance.”

The UNHCR announced on Friday the arrests of the reporters and the Afghans, but made no further comment on their situation. Former Afghan Vice President Amrullah Saleh, however, announced their names and said they were “kidnapped” along with seven other citizens of Western countries.

Former BBC journalist ‘kidnapped by the Taliban’ – former Afghan vice-president

It was not immediately clear whether Saleh was confusing the journalists’ fellow Afghans with Westerners.

The journalists appointed by Saleh were Andrew North and Peter Juvenal. North is a former BBC correspondent who has worked freelance since 2014, while Juvenal is a former British soldier and BBC cameraman who now runs a restaurant in Kabul.

The Taliban did not comment on the alleged arrests.

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