30 Jun 2011

Taliban releases Frenchmen

9:00 pm on 30 June 2011

Two French journalists have arrived home after being held hostage by the Taliban in Afghanistan for 18 months.

Cameraman Stephane Taponier and reporter Herve Ghesquiere were freed on Wednesday in circumstances that remain unclear, the BBC reports.

They were kidnapped with Afghan colleagues near Kabul in December 2009 while on assignment for French television.

Mr Ghesquiere said they were both in good health and never threatened with death, or beaten.

The Taliban had submitted a list of prisoners to French authorities that they wanted freed in exchange for the two journalists. I

The BBC reports one of the three Afghan colleagues seized with the French pair, interpreter Reza Din, was also released.