British Reporter Shot Dead In Central Kabul

A British journalist, Nils Horner, working for Sveriges Radio was killed on Tuesday by gunmen in Kabul,  the Afghan capital, police source said.

“The British journalist was travelling in his car along with his Afghan interpreter at Wazir Akbar Khan area’s 15th Street when he was shot,” chief of the Kabul Police Criminal Investigation Department, Gul Agha Hashemi, said.

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The shooting occurred close to the Lebanese restaurant that was attacked by three suicide bombers in January, killing 21 people including 13 foreigners.
The British journalist who also had Swedish nationality, was immediately taken to the nearby emergency hospital, where he died of his injuries.

Wazir Akbar Khan area houses several diplomatic missions and aid agencies.

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The interpreter and two suspects are now in police custody, Hashemi said.

Reacting, the radio station wrote on its website that Horner was their South Asia correspondent.
“This is one of the worst days in the history of Sveriges Radio. Nils was one of our absolute best and most experienced correspondents and what has happened to him today is horrible. We’re doing our best to gather all the details,”” SR’s chief executive officer, Cilla Benko, said.

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