Two French aid workers who went missing this week have been kidnapped by Taliban militants in southwest Afghanistan and taken to volatile Helmand province, a provincial governor said on Saturday.
"According to intelligence service reports, they were kidnapped on the highway in Khash Rod district (in Nimroz province) and taken to neighbouring Helmand," Nimroz governor Ghulam Dastgir Azad said by telephone.
He is the first official to confirm that the French nationals, who went missing on Tuesday, were kidnapped.
The two aid workers from the organisation Terre d'Enfance (A World for Our Children) were travelling with three Afghan colleagues from Nimroz westwards to neighbouring Farah province when they went missing.
The Taliban militia, who have mounted a bloody insurgency since they were ousted by US-led forces in 2001, claimed late Wednesday to have captured the five.