Afghan policeman kills AP reporter

Afghan policeman kills AP reporter

Afghan policeman kills AP reporter

Written by Bella Dalima

04 Apr, 2014 | 4:48 pm

Two female journalists working for the Associated Press news agency have been shot by a police officer in eastern Afghanistan, officials say.

One of the women, Anja Niedringhaus, died in the attack. Her colleague, Kathy Gannon, is reported to be stable.

The attack took place in the town of Khost near the border with Pakistan.

It comes as Afghanistan intensifies security ahead of presidential elections on Saturday, in response to threats of violence by the Taliban.

The new president will succeed Hamid Karzai, who has been in power since the 2001 fall of the Taliban but is constitutionally barred from seeking a third consecutive term.

Photojournalist Anja Niedringhaus, 48, was killed instantly in the attack, the news agency confirmed.

Veteran reporter Kathy Gannon, 60, was said to be receiving medical treatment after she was wounded in the attack.

They came under attack whilst travelling with election workers delivering ballots in the Tanay district of Khost province. An eyewitness said a police unit commander opened fire on the journalists as they were waiting for their convoy to move inside a security compound.

The police officer behind the attack was taken into custody after surrendering to other police, an interior ministry source said. The district lies on the border with Pakistan’s Waziristan region, with the Pakistan-based Haqqani network strong and influential in the area.

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