Two journalists & Afghan nationals detained in Kabul: UN

Kabul, Feb 11 (UNI): Two journalists working for the United Nations and several Afghan nationals working with them have been detained by Taliban in Kabul.

The global agency in a tweet on Friday said, “Two journalists with UNHCR and Afghan nationals working with them have been detained in Kabul. We are doing our utmost to resolve the situation, in coordination with others. We will make no further comment given the nature of the situation. Among the detained one is a former BBC journalist Andrew North.”


His partner Natalia Antelava tweeted, “Andrew was in Kabul working for the UNHCR & trying to help the people of Afghanistan. We are extremely concerned for his safety & call on anyone with influence to help secure his release.”

UN agencies employ journalists to report on their work around the world.

The National Directorate of Security, which is the Taliban’s security and intelligence agency, said it does not have any information on the matter.

“We have no information about them, when and where they have disappeared, we haven’t reached any information yet; we are trying to find information,” said NDS spokesperson Khalil Hamraz, adding that the directorate was in touch with the interior ministry about the issue, reports Sky News.

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