Three detained Afghan journalists set free

The journalists had suspected links to the Taliban.

Three detained Afghan journalists, two of whom were kept in custody by Nato's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) for their suspected links to Taliban networks, have been released.

Nato said on Friday that it has freed Mohammad Nadir, a television cameraman for al-Jazeera, and Rahmatullah Naikzad, who worked for both al-Jazeera and the Associated Press.

Rear Admiral Gregory Smith, communications director for the Nato-led military coalition, said: "After reviewing the initial intelligence and information received during questioning, the two men were not considered a significant security threat and were released."

A third journalist, Hojatullah Mujadadi, a radio station manager in Kapisa province, who was detained by Afghan intelligence officials, has also been released, said ISAF in a statement on Friday.

The reasons for arresting Mujadadi on 18 September remain unclear.

It is understood that the releases come after President Hamid Karzai on Thursday ordered the information and culture minister to investigate the detentions and secure the journalists' release.