December 31st, 2009
11:28 AM ET

Journalists kidnapped, official says

KABUL, Afghanistan  –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.

France 3, a CNN affiliate, said 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. France 3 is a part of France Televisions group. 

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. 

"There is no news for 48 hours," said Paul Nahon, a France Televisions executive, according to the France 3 Web site. 

He said that the two are a journalist and a cameraman, according to the Web site. 

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. 

 –CNN's Pierre Meilhan contributed to this report.

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