The Foreign Office is continuing to investigate reports that a British photographer kidnapped in Iraq on Sunday has been released, a spokeswoman told Amateur Photographer this lunchtime (Thursday).

The photojournalist and his interpreter, who work for US television station CBS, were reportedly snatched by ‘eight armed gunmen? outside their hotel in Basra on Sunday.

The Foreign Office would not confirm reports of the photographer?s imminent release, telling us: ?We are aware of the reports and investigating further.?