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Afghan policeman shoots two female foreign journalists, killing one

Friday, April 04, 2014 - 01:30

April 4 - An Afghan policeman opens fire on a car carrying two Associated Press journalists, killing a photographer and wounding a reporter. Mana Rabiee reports.

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EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: THIS STORY NUMBER IS BEING RESENT WITH A NEW SLUG NAME In a remote part of eastern Afghanistan, blood stains the back seat of a bullet-riddled car, where two female journalists had been sitting. They were shot by an Afghan policeman on Friday in Khost, on the eve of a presidential election. He killed 48-year-old Anja Niedringhaus, a veteran Associated Press photographer. Her reporter colleague, Kathy Gannon, seen here on Canadian TV, was wounded in the attack and taken to the provincial hospital. A hospital official briefed the press. (SOUNDBITE) (Pashto) ABDUL MAJEED MANGAL, DIRECTOR OF KHOST PROVINCIAL HOSPITAL; SAYING: "We received two foreign female journalists who were working for a news agency. One was killed and the other was wounded seriously. The wounded journalist who is about 60 years old is in critical condition and our surgical team is providing her first aid." Gannon's condition has since stabilized. The two women were traveling with a convoy of election workers delivering voting ballots. They were sitting in their car, waiting for the convoy to move. A unit commander walked up to the car shouting "Allah Akbar", God is great. The AP said he opened fire on them with an AK-47. Then he surrendered to other officers and was arrested. It's at least the third attack on foreign journalists in just the past few weeks. Taliban attacks on civilians have been on the rise since the new year. As Afghans prepare to vote, on Saturday, for a new president.

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Afghan policeman shoots two female foreign journalists, killing one

Friday, April 04, 2014 - 01:30