Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

IN THE PAPERS

Is Poor Military Training Causing a Larger Death Toll in Gaza?

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Villepin Criticises France for Not Speaking Out on Gaza

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

France's Iliad reaches for T-Mobile

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Air Algerie investigation continues

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Dozens of youths trampled to death on Conakry beach

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Ebola death toll tops 700

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

UNRWA official breaks down over Gaza deaths

Read more

DEBATE

Argentina Defaults - Kirchner Cries Foul Over 'Vulture Funds' (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Argentina Defaults - Kirchner Cries Foul Over 'Vulture Funds'

Read more

  • Israel and Hamas 72-hour ceasefire begins

    Read more

  • Ukrainian army suffers losses in separatist attack

    Read more

  • Interactive: France’s new plan to counter jihadism in Africa

    Read more

  • Regional summit to tackle deadly Ebola outbreak

    Read more

  • Dozens killed and injured in Taiwan gas blast

    Read more

  • Argentinian markets plummet following default

    Read more

  • French Jews speak of growing fear in Paris amid Gaza conflict

    Read more

  • Video: Inside Hamas ‘terror’ tunnels in Gaza

    Read more

  • Sierra Leone declares state of emergency over spread of Ebola

    Read more

  • France remembers murdered socialist hero Jean Jaurès

    Read more

  • Air France ground workers to strike on August 2

    Read more

  • Scores feared dead in India landslide

    Read more

  • Russia ordered to pay further €1.9 billion to Yukos shareholders

    Read more

  • Iraq's Christians: Nowhere to Run?

    Read more

  • Russia defiant as US, EU unveil 'phase three' sanctions

    Read more

Taliban claim abduction of French executive

Latest update : 2008-06-02

The French businessman kidnapped along with his three colleagues in southeastern Afghanistan on Thursday is currently held by the Taliban, a spokesperson for the Islamic militant organisation told our correspondent in the country. (Report: C.Billet)

The French businessman kidnapped in Ghazni province on May 29, along with his three Afghan colleagues, is currently being held by the Taliban, a spokesperson for the Islamic militant organisation, Zabiullah Mudjahid, told FRANCE 24's correspondent in Afghanistan, Claire Billet. 

 

The four were kidnapped on a road connecting Ghazni province to the southern part of the country. While the route is reportedly notorious for ambushes and attacks, the Afghan police stay silent on the subject, refusing to confirm the latest abduction.

 

“You can ask the Head of Information here, he won't confirm it. He has many contacts and has been given no indication there was a kidnapping,” says Ghazni province’s Chief of Police Mohammed Mudjahed. “I can't confirm it either because if this Frenchman had been taken by the Taliban, someone would have seen him!”

 

Despite the official stonewalling, one officer told FRANCE 24 that more than 40 Taliban units, representing over 1000 men, were active in the Ghazni province

 

Sher Ahmed Aidan, a local journalist belonging to the Association of South East Asian Journalists, had received a call from the Taliban concerning the kidnapping:

 

“The Taliban called me and said they had a foreigner and his driver. That's how I heard about this French man,” Aidan told FRANCE 24.  “They didn’t know his nationality, they were just talking about a foreigner and Afghans in a car.”

 

It appears that the Taliban commander holding the hostage had contacted his superiors. These senior leaders are expected to begin negotiations with French authorities for the hostage’s release.

Date created : 2008-06-01

COMMENT(S)