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    Al Jazeera journalist freed in Kandahar

    Kandaharcity (pan): An Afghan journalist working for the Al Jazeera Television Network was released by American troops in southern Kandahar province on Friday morning, an official said.

    Muhammad Nadir, working for the foreign TV channel for almost eight years, had been arrested on Wednesday during a raid on his house by foreign troops in the Aino area of Kandahar City.

    Governor's spokesman Zalmay Ayubi told Pajhwok Afghan News the reporter was freed at 630am, hours after President Hamid Karzai directed the Ministry of Information to take steps for the release of three detained journalists.

    Another Al Jazeera reporter, Rahmatullah Nekzad who also worked for the American news agency Associated Press (AP), was arrested by foreign forces in southern Ghazni province on Monday.

    Nekzad's family accused foreign forces of beating up the reporter, who often criticised the international troops for using heavy-handed tactics during operations in the region.

    For its part, NATO said the raiding party had detained a suspected Taliban media propagandist who participated in filming attacks on the election day, in the Qala-i-Amir area of Ghazni City.

    Separately, Hojatullah Mujaddedi, head of the Independent Union of Journalists in the north, was detained by National Directorate of Security (NDS) agents when he was covering the Wolesi Jirga vote in Kapisa province.

    A journalists' body met in Charikar, the capital of central Parwan province, on Tuesday to condemn the detention of Mujaddedi, who also works as a news caster for the state-run Radio Television Afghanistan (RTA).

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