Four New York Times journalists reporting on Libya went missing in the country, the paper reported Wednesday.
The last contact the paper had with the reporters — Beirut bureau chief and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Anthony Shadid, reporter and videographer Stephen Farrell, who was kidnapped by the Taliban in 2009, and photographers Tyler Hicks and Lynsey Addario — was on Tuesday morning, New York time.
"We are grateful to the Libyan government for their assurance that if our journalists were captured they would be released promptly and unharmed," executive editor Bill Keller said in a statement.
The paper reported it received second-hand information that Libyan government forces had taken members of its reporting staff in Ajdabiya, a port city. The information could not be confirmed.