KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — British-Swedish journalist, Nils Horner was shot dead in Kabul on Tuesday, in a brazen attack in a busy section of the city that many worry is a harbinger of future security issues in Afghanistan’s capital.
According to Afghan police, Horner was conducting an interview on the street when two armed men shot him in the head.“Police are continuing their efforts to arrest the culprits of the incident,” police said in a statement.
Nils Horner had worked for Swedish Radio since 2001 as a foreign correspondent. The 52-year-old was killed by a shot in the head as he was reporting on Afghanistan’s election on a street in Kabul on Tuesday.
It was a rare assassination of a foreigner in the capital and raised fears of increased violence ahead of the April 5 presidential election.
The Feday-e-Mahaz says in a statement posted Wednesday on its website that it targeted Horner because he was a spy for Britain’s MI-6 agency, not a journalist.
The group was created by loyalists of slain Taliban commander Mullah Dadullah. The group broke with the Taliban following the announcement of talks with the United States.
Sayed Gul Agha Hashimi, the head of the Kabul Criminal Investigation Department, said police were questioning the journalist’s driver and translator as part of the investigation.
Hashimi said the journalist died while being treated at the hospital.
Swedish Embassy counselor Christian Nilsson said the body had been transported to the morgue.
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