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Egypt: Mystery clouds SA journo's detention

Four Al Jazeera employees, including Adil Bradlow, are being detained in Cairo.

FILE: A supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood and of Egypt's ousted President Mohamed Morsi demonstrates on 16 July, 2013 in the centre of Cairo.Picture:AFP

CAPE TOWN - It's still not exactly clear why South African cameraman and photojournalist Adil Bradlow is currently being held by authorities in Egypt.

Last night Eyewitness News revealed Bradlow is one of four Al Jazeera employees who have been detained by Egyptian authorities since Tuesday. Bradlow was covering events in Cairo for news network Al Jazeera when he and three of his colleagues were taken into custody.

On its channel Al Jazeera has been calling for the release of Bradlow, correspondent Wayne Hay, producers Russ Finn and Baher Mohammed since the news broke late on Thursday.

Al Jazeera claims it's been targeted as its offices were also raided last month.

Bradlow's close and long-time friend Benny Gool told Eyewitness News they're hoping for the best.

"The family has been informed and obviously everyone is concerned. We also know Adil is strong in these situations and we're hoping for the best."

Gool said the family intended asking the International Relations Ministry for assistance.

Furthermore, Gool added he was not entirely sure why Bradlow was being held.

"From what we understand is that he was detained while filming something that he was not supposed to be filming."

Eyewitness News has contacted Deputy Minister of International Relations Marius Fransman who says he is not aware of the situation.

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