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Afghan TV Station Shows Video of Kidnapped Italian

A private Afghan television station has aired a video of an Italian aid worker kidnapped two weeks ago in Kabul.

The video footage, first aired by Tolo TV station Sunday, shows Clementina Cantoni wrapped in a blanket, sitting between two men pointing assault rifles at her head.

Ms. Cantoni, who works for CARE International, spoke quietly on the recording and looked nervous. The TV station did not say how it had obtained the tape.

The Italian government called the video reassuring because it shows that Ms. Cantoni is in good health. Without elaborating, a spokesman said "contacts are continuing."

On Friday, Afghan religious leaders issued a fatwa, or religious decree, pledging death to anyone killing a foreigner who is in the country legally.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.