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Al-Jazeera crew members arrested by US forces

US forces have arrested three employees of the Al-Jazeera for filming near a US base in Kabul.

world Updated: Jan 01, 2006 17:45 IST

US forces on Sunday arrested three employees of the

Al-Jazeera

pan-Arab satellite TV channel for filming near a US base in the Afghan capital Kabul, said bureau chief Samar Allawi.

Correspondent Waliullah Shaheen, cameraman Nasir Hashimi and driver Mahmood Agha were filming the removal of concrete block barriers, which had been installed outside all military bases and offices of foreigners for protection.

"After the declaration of the Afghan interior ministry that all the cement blocks will be removed, our team went to film the removal and they were detained by US forces," Allawi said.

"We have not been given a clear answer so far about why they have been detained," he said.

A US military spokesman, Lieutenant Mike Cody, said security forces on contract to the coalition detained the trio, took control of their equipment and passed them on to Afghan police.

He said the three were held after they were seen "filming security features in the vicinity of Camp Eggers in Kabul.

First Published: Jan 01, 2006 17:45 IST