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Swedish journalist shot to death in Afghan capital

By The Associated Press

This article was published March 11, 2014 at 8:39 a.m.

KABUL, Afghanistan — A Swedish journalist was shot to death Tuesday while he was talking to a translator on a street in Kabul, the second killing in two months to strike foreigners in an affluent and well-guarded area of the Afghan capital.

Nils Horner, 51, who also had British citizenship, had worked for Swedish Radio SR since 2001 as a foreign correspondent mostly in Asia and the Middle East, including Afghanistan and Baghdad.

Police said they were investigating whether it was an insurgent attack targeting a foreigner or whether the motive was personal.

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.

A guard at a restaurant across the street from where the attack happened said two young men approached the journalist as he was talking to his translator about 11 a.m. on the side of the road. The area is home to several embassies.


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