April 12th, 2010
02:49 PM ET

Taliban militants threaten to kill kidnapped journalists

Taliban militants in Afghanistan are threatening to kill two kidnapped French journalists unless their demands are met, including the release of some detainees held by France.

In a video posted online, the journalists - kidnapped in December - are shown in separate clips.

Speaking in English and French, one reads a lengthy statement saying that if the full video is not aired on French TV, the journalists will be killed, along with their translator and driver.

"The French president, Mr. Nicolas Sarkozy, must understand that we are now in danger of death. I repeat: the French president much negotiate very quickly - otherwise we will be executed soon," he says.

The two men read calmly from what appear to be prepared notes on a pad of paper.

In a written statement, the Taliban said they have submitted a list of detainees to the government of France "for release as an exchange for the two Frenchmen and their Algerian colleague." It added, "There is no other option for the release of the said detainees except the option of detainees exchange."

The statement described the detainees as "miserable" and "living a life under torture and brutalities."

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