Western journalists attacked in Afghanistan

Photographer killed, another wounded; attackers wore police uniform; shootings follow wave of Taliban attacks intended to disrupt elections.

By REUTERS
April 4, 2014 12:26
Members of the Taliban.

Taliban militants with weapons 370. (photo credit: REUTERS/Parwiz)

 
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Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus was killed in Afghanistan and AP reporter Kathy Gannon was wounded when a gun man opened fire on them on Friday.

The gunman was dressed as a policeman.



The attack took place on the eve of a presidential election that Taliban insurgents have pledged to disrupt through a campaign of bombings and assassinations.



The two journalists were in a remote small town on Afghanistan's border with Pakistan when the incident took place.



A spokesman for the governor of Khost province suggested that the assailant was actually a policeman.



"Naqibullah, a policeman in Tani district of Khost, opened fire on two foreign journalists. One was killed and one was wounded," Mobariz Zadran told Reuters.

Last month, a prominent Afghan journalist with the Agence France-Presse (AFP) news agency was killed alongside eight other people when Taliban gunmen opened fire inside a heavily fortified luxury hotel in the center of the capital, Kabul.

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