The Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan have abducted six local journalists from the country’s southeastern Paktia province, officials and local media confirmed .
The reporters, working for radio and TV news companies that broadcast news in the Pashto and Dari languages, were kidnapped while travelling together from neighbouring Paktika province to Paktia to attend a media workshop on Friday.
A Taliban spokesman confirmed the abduction of six journalists by their fighters but said they will be released soon.
“Yes, our mujahideens [fighters] have mistakenly kidnapped them,” said Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the group.
Last month, an improvised explosive device targeting a private TV channel van killed two people in the capital Kabul.
This came after the Taliban threatened all media outlets in Afghanistan to avoid airing and publishing “propaganda” against their fighters.
Afghanistan was the deadliest country in the world to be a journalist in 2018, with 13 deaths according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). The International Federation of Journalists said 16 journalists were killed last year.