KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, Oct. 15--An Italian freelance photographer and his assistant have been abducted in southern Afghanistan, an official said Sunday. Two Canadian troops were also killed in the south following a militant ambush, AP reported. Armed men abducted Gabriele Torsello and his Afghan translator on Saturday as they drove from Lashkar Gah, the capital of the southern Helmand province, toward neighboring Kandahar, an Afghan official in Helmand said. The two were abducted from their car, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. Torsello earlier spent time in Musa Qala, another restive area of Helmand province, the official said. Maj. Luke Knittig, a NATO spokesman in Kabul, said they were informed by another reporter that Torsello had not been in contact for the last three days and they were trying to locate him. The missing reporter was not registered with the NATO media office and was not on an alliance-sponsored trip, Knittig said. Maso Notarianni, the director of Italian online magazine Peace Reporter, told Italian state TV that Torsello had called a hospital in Lashkar Gah, apparently to let authorities know he was kidnapped. âUntil Thursday he was in the deep south of Afghanistan, in Taliban-controlled territory,â Notarianni said. The southern provinces of Helmand and Kandahar have been the scene of the most intense fighting between Taliban and NATO troops this year, in the worst upsurge in violence in the country since the US-led invasion in 2001 that ousted the Taliban regime from power. The reporterâs abduction comes a week after two German journalists working for that countryâs national broadcaster were killed in northern Afghanistan--the first foreign journalists murdered in the country since late 2001. Source: http://www.iran-daily.com/1385/2685/html/politic.htm#s181011 Surely these people themselves can appreciate the benefits of being 'logged' into the Area? His fellow reporters informed that Torsello had not been in contact for the last three days and they were trying to locate him... I would imagine he now has the benefit of hindsight..