Italian officials say Taleban forces may have kidnapped an Italian journalist missing in southern Afghanistan for three days.

Daniele Mastrogiacomo, a reporter for Italy's La Repubblica newspaper, disappeared Sunday in Kandahar province with his interpreter and a guide, both Afghans.

A Taleban spokesman said Tuesday the group had captured a European reporter on suspicion of spying for British forces. The spokesman did not mention Mastrogiacomo by name.

Italy's ambassador to Afghanistan, Ettore Francesco Sequi, told the French Press Agency Wednesday that there has been no contact with the kidnappers so far.

Mastrogiacomo, 52, has been covering conflicts in Central Asia and the Middle East for La Repubblica since 2002.

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