November 12th, 2009
07:33 PM ET

Kidnapped journalist freed in Afghanistan

A Norwegian journalist abducted last week and held captive in eastern Afghanistan has been freed, Norway said on Thursday

The journalist - whose name was not released - was kidnapped on Thursday with his Afghan interpreter near the Pakistani border, the the Norwegian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Ragnhild Imerslund told CNN that the journalist had been filming a documentary.

Norway learned about the incident when the journalist called the embassy Friday to say he was kidnapped. The embassy then told the Foreign Affairs Ministry and authorities formed a crisis response team.

"The Norwegian authorities have been working day and night to secure the release of the two men, and the embassy in Kabul has been given extra resources to deal with the situation," the ministry said in its statement.

The two men are now in a safe place. The ministry had no further details but planned a press conference later Thursday.

Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store traveled to Kabul on Wednesday for political talks, but his trip was not connected to the incident, Imerslund said.

Norway has 480 troops in Afghanistan and they serve under NATO's International Security Assistance Force, ISAF said.

In another development in Afghanistan, national and international security forces killed several enemy militants in Ghazni province on Thursday, ISAF said. They also detained a Taliban commander.

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