10/12/2012 03:25 EDT | Updated 12/12/2012 05:12 EST

Canadian Kidnapped In Afghanistan? Foreign Affairs Checking Into Kidnapping Report

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In this photograph taken on October 3, 2012, Ahmad, an Afghan man who lives in the hill side neighbourhood of Jamal Mina and makes a living by making and selling wheelbarrows, heads to work in Kabul. Ahmad, who is the sole bread winner of the family says he owns about 20 pigeons, and that taking care of the pigeons and watching them fly is one of the few entertainments he enjoys. Ahmad was the sole bread winner for his family during the civil war and the subsequent Taliban regime that followed in the early 90's. When talking about the rumoured uncertain future of his country when NATO troops leave Afghanistan in 2014, he says he hopes that the Taliban will not come back as that would mean a tougher existence and not being able to own and fly his pigeons. AFP PHOTO/ ROBERTO SCHMIDT (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/GettyImages)

OTTAWA - Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs says it is checking into media reports that a Canadian man and an American woman have been kidnapped in Afghanistan, west of Kabul.

A report in an online publication based in the Afghan capital says the pair were taken by a gunman in Wardak province.

The region is a well-known Taliban stronghold and a centre for criminal gangs that maraud the main highway between Kabul and Kandahar.

No names have been released, but the report describes the pair as civilians who were apparently travelling through the lawless region towards Kabul.