Killing of Afghan translator draws condemnation

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Afghan journalists have gathered outside Kabul’s parliament to protest the killing of an Afghan translator kidnapped with an Italian journalist last month.

They say they will not include Taliban statements in their stories for a week and urge the foreign press to do the same.

The Taliban announced on Sunday it had beheaded Adjmal Naqshbandi after the government refused its demands to free several rebel prisoners.

President Hamid Karzai said he tried to win the translator’s release but he was killed before a deadline set by the militants ended.

The chief of medical charity Emergency has criticised the deal securing the release of the Italian journalist Daniele Mastrogiacomo.

Gino Strada says that in contrast little has been done on behalf of a hospital director arrested by security forces in the country a few weeks ago.

Meanwhile, six Canadian troops were killed west of Kandahar when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb during a security patrol.

The deaths bring to 51 the number of Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan since 2002.