Aziz Popal tells his kidnap story

Aziz Popal, a Kandahar-based reporter with Hewad TV in Afghanistan, was kidnapped by the Taliban last week and released three days later. He talked with Graeme Smith from The Globe & Mail about the ordeal,

“I’m shaking as I’m telling you the story,” Mr. Popal said by telephone last night. “They didn’t beat us. But mentally I’m still not okay… We weren’t tortured, nothing, not even harsh words… Life is very dangerous now in Afghanistan,” Mr. Popal said. “If I get a chance, I will stay in a foreign country for a while, until Afghanistan becomes normal again.” link

Popal was kidnapped on the dangerous six hour ride near a bridge in Zabul province on the main road between Kabul and Kandahar.