"For her release, we want [President] Hamid Karzai's government to free our innocent prisoners," he said.Captors 'not Taliban'
"We don't have any other demands. We're not bad people, we're not Taliban either. We're a special group.
"We'll release the names of our prisoners who are jailed with the government later."
|Afghan security officers |
failed to prevent the kidnap [AFP]
The woman showed her ID cards and answered a series of questions asked by the man in an apparent attempt to confirm her identity.
"I work for ORA International," she said, identifying herself as "Christina".
Tolo TV, which broadcast the video, did not say how it was obtained.
The video was released just hours after the Afghan interior ministry said that authorities believed a criminal gang was behind the abduction.
"We suspect they might be criminals and not the Taliban," Zemarai Bashary, interior ministry spokesman, said.
"Police are still searching for the kidnappers. The suspected area has been cordoned off and we are searching for them."
Afghan officials said that four men pulled up to a restaurant on Saturday, one went inside, pulled out a pistol, walked up to a table where the woman was sitting with her husband, and took her from the restaurant.