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Afghanistan investigates kidnap of German reporter

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KABUL, Dec 5 (Reuters) Afghanistan is investigating reports a German journalist has been kidnapped from a taxi on one of the country's most dangerous roads, the government said today.

''The Ministry of the Interior is deeply investigating the case,'' ministry spokesman Zamari Bahiri said.

Earlier, an agency coordinating security for aid groups, ANSO, said a German journalist had been taken by gunmen from his taxi while driving from Kandahar city to Uruzgan in the lawless south, the heartland of the Taliban.

No further information was immediately available.

Italian photojournalist Gabriele Torsello, 34, was kidnapped by gunmen while on a public bus on the way from from Helmand, Afghanistan's opium centre, to Kandahar in October.

He was freed a few weeks later.

Both highways are considered too dangerous to travel by aid agencies, international news organisations and even many locals.

NATO military convoys are frequently attacked on the roads.

Two German journalists were shot dead in October in the relatively safe north of the country.

While kidnappings of Afghans are increasingly common, deliberate attacks against foreign journalists are much rarer in Afghanistan than in Iraq.

REUTERS PDM VC2045

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