UN calls for release of kidnapped Italian reporter

March 17, 2007 11:24

The United Nations mission in Afghanistan said Saturday that the kidnappers of an Italian reporter and his two Afghan colleagues should show their humanity by freeing their captives. Daniele Mastrogiacomo, a reporter for Italian daily La Repubblica, was kidnapped along with two Afghans traveling with him on March 5 in southern Helmand province's Nad Ali district. Taliban insurgents have claimed responsibility. "Mastrogiacomo is a well-known journalist whose sympathies for the people of Afghanistan should be beyond doubt to anyone," the UN mission in Afghanistan said in a statement.

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