A Taliban fighter walks on a street, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Andrew North, a former South Asia correspondent from the BBC has been captured by the Taliban.

Former Afghan Vice President, Amrullah Saleh, announced via a tweet that Mr North, along with eight others, had been kidnapped by the militant group, PA reported.

“Due to no media, no reporting by citizens & a suffocating atmosphere corruption, crime & atrocities aren’t well exposed,” Saleh tweeted. “As an example 9 citizens of western countries hv been kidnapped amongst them Andrew North of BBC & Peter Juvenal owner of Gandomak Restaurant. Talibs r liars.”

It is unknown when North was detained but his last tweet dates back to 3 February.

Afghanistan International, a local news agency, has also reported that he has been kidnapped by the Taliban.

The Washington Post reported that a member of a Taliban Intelligence Unit in Kabul said “several foreign nationals” were arrested for working with western intelligence agencies.