Taliban frees 2 kidnapped Afghan journalists

Taliban gunmen who kidnapped two Afghan journalists have released them after three days in captivity, officials said Sunday. The two journalists freed late Saturday are Dawa Khan Menapal of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, and Aziz Popal, who worked for a local TV station in Kandahar, said Gulab Shah Alikheil, the deputy governor of Zabul province. Militants kidnapped the two in Ghazni province on Wednesday as they were driving on the country's main Kabul-Kandahar highway. The Taliban's high council ordered the pair released without any condition because they were journalists, said Qari Yousef Ahmadi, a Taliban spokesman. Popal said he and Menapal were not mistreated but they were driven to new locations around twice a day.