French TV exec heads to Afghanistan after kidnapping

PARIS- A senior executive with France Television said Saturday he was flying to Kabul as efforts continued to free two of the station's journalists abducted in Afghanistan this week.
"I am going to Kabul to take stock of the situation," said director of news Paul Nahon. "I am going to meet with different Afghan authorities."

Paul Nahon
Paul Nahon
Nahon said the broadcaster had received no further news about its journalists following information on Friday that they were being treated well and were in good health.
There has been no claim of responsibility for the kidnapping but a colleague of the two journalists, who were snatched with three Afghan assistants on Wednesday, has blamed the Taliban militia.
The group was abducted while going to meet a contact 60 kilometres (40 miles) from the Afghan capital, according to the French colleague.
Criminal groups and Taliban insurgents have kidnapped several dozen foreigners, many of them journalists, since the 2001 US-led invasion ousted the Taliban regime in Kabul, sparking the current insurgency.

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