Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Afghanistan: Swedish-British Journalist, 51, Shot, Killed in Kabul

According to The Associated Press, Swedish foreign correspondent Nils Horner, 51, who also had dual citizenship  in the UK, had worked for Swedish Radio SR since 2001 as a journalist, mostly in Asia and the Middle East, including Afghanistan and Baghdad.

Mr. Horner was shot and killed on Tuesdasy (March 11) while he was talking to a translator on a street in Kabul, the second killing in two months against foreigners in an affluent and well-guarded area of the Afghan capital.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid denied the group was responsible for the attack, which came two months after the Islamic militant movement staged a suicide bombing and shooting assault against a Lebanese restaurant that killed 13 foreigners and eight Afghans in the same area.

The area is in which Horner was shot and killed is also home to several embassies.

The guard, Mohammad Zubair, said one of the men pulled out a pistol and shot Horner in the head, causing him to collapse in a pool of blood.

COMMENT: Suicide bombings and other attacks are frequent in Kabul and elsewhere in Afghanistan as insurgents fight to undermine confidence in the Western-backed government. That being said, such assassinations are rare.

At least 30 journalists have been killed in Afghanistan since 1992, most of them after the 2001 US-led ouster of the Taliban, according to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists.

Mr. Horner died while being treated at the hospital.

Swedish Radio chief executive Cilla Benko said two men approached Horner and shot him in the back of his head.

This report will be updated as new information becomes available.