An Italian photographer kidnapped in Afghanistan more than three weeks ago has been released. Gabriele Torsello, 36, was said to be in good health. He worked for the Peace Reporter website which specialises in conflict cover and has close links to NGOs in Afghanistan.
His colleague, Enrico Piovesana, said Gabriele told them he had had chains tied to his feet but was otherwise well treated. A convert to Islam, Torsello had reportedly won the trust of the Taliban who allowed him to photograph their strongholds in the country’s troubled south.