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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  1. Smith360

    Sadly, kidnapping for huge ransom's has been going on in Muslim led country's for century's. This appears to be no different, pay the Muslim demanded ransom so these kidnapped western journalists can return safely home.

    April 12, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bob

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

    Are you saying that the detainees held by the French are allegedly being tortured, or are you saying that those held by the Taliban are being tortured? You call both "detainees" so which is it?

    Pretty basic but important detail; a journalist should know that. Piss-poor reporting.

    April 12, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Nathanael [desert voice]

    I see no reason for France not to acquiesce to those demands. Human life always comes first, and everything needs to be done to save those journalists. Sorry for missing the "not" in the post above.

    April 12, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |