facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Swedish journalist shot dead in Afghanistan

Nils Horner was an experienced reporter and had been in Afghanistan to witness the fall of the Taliban in 2001 and was also in Iraq in 2003.
By Ananth Baliga   |   March 11, 2014 at 9:10 AM  |  Updated March 11, 2014 at 12:39 PM   |   Comments

KABUL, Afghanistan, March 11 (UPI) -- Swedish journalist Nils Horner was gunned down Tuesday in an assassination-style killing, raising questions about the safety of foreigners in Afghanistan.

Horner, 51, worked for Swedish Radio and had both Swedish and British nationalities. According to Col. Najibullah Samsour, a senior police official, Horner was talking to a security guard outside a restaurant about a story he was working on, when a two men dressed in "traditional clothing" walked up to him and one of them shot him in the face with a pistol.

"Police are continuing to their efforts to arrest the culprits of the incident," police said in a statement.

The location is reminiscent of the Lebanese restaurant in which 21 foreigners were killed in an attack in January.

Horner had previously been based in New York and London and was only recent assigned to Kabul. No one has claimed responsibility for the killing but the attack has only intensified the concerns many foreigners, especially diplomats, have had about living in Kabul.

Swedish journalist Terese Cristiansson called Horner a "legend" and said he was one of the best Swedish journalists she knew of.

“The only thing he always wanted and talked about was being in the field,” she said.

[Washington Post]
[The New York Times]

Follow @antbaliga and @UPI on Twitter.
Contact the Author
© 2014 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Jessica Arrendale dies shielding daughter from boyfriend with gun Jessica Arrendale dies shielding daughter from boyfriend with gun
2
Great white shark circling surfers photographed by drone Great white shark circling surfers photographed by drone
3
Caitlyn Kovacs' death likely 'alcohol-related,' prosecutor says Caitlyn Kovacs' death likely 'alcohol-related,' prosecutor says
4
Michael Brown's memorial on fire under mysterious circumstances Michael Brown's memorial on fire under mysterious circumstances
5
Virgin America plane diverted after man tries to open cabin door Virgin America plane diverted after man tries to open cabin door
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback