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Journalists kidnapped in Afghanistan, official says

  • Afghan military official says two French journalists have been kidnapped in Afghanistan
  • Afghan translator also taken by "enemies of the government"
  • Kidnap happened when the three were traveling from Kabul province to Kapisa province

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- Two French journalists and an Afghan translator have been kidnapped by "enemies of the government" in Afghanistan, a military official said Thursday.

Brig. Gen. Izmerai Paykan of the Afghan National Army told CNN that the three were kidnapped on their way from Soorobi district in Kabul province to Tagab district in Kapisa province.

However, a statement from the French Foreign Ministry indicated there was more than one Afghan with the journalists. A reason for the discrepancy was not immediately available.

France 3, a CNN affiliate, said that that two of its journalists have been missing in Afghanistan since Wednesday.

The journalists' families have been notified, and the French Foreign Ministry is assisting in the matter, it said.

In its main evening newscast Thursday, France 3 included an announcement about its two missing journalists.

France 3 and French authorities said only that the journalists were missing, and the French defense minister noted that no group has made any claim related to them.

"We have haven't received any news from two French journalists who announced yesterday they were on going on assignment in the Kapisa Valley," said French Defense Minister Herve Morin.

"We don't have any news but we also don't have any claim from any group," he said.

In a statement on the France 3 Web site, France Televisions executive Paul Nahon said the two were a journalist and a cameraman, and that there had been no news of them in 48 hours.

France 3 is a part of France Televisions group

The French Foreign Ministry said Thursday that it "confirms to be without news since yesterday, December 30, of two French journalists and their Afghan guides on assignment in Afghanistan."

"No hypothesis can be ruled out. In Paris as in Kabul, all means are mobilized to locate our compatriots as soon as possible," the ministry statement said.