Two foreign journalists shot in Afghanistan

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A man dressed as a policeman shot two foreign journalists in eastern Afghanistan on Friday, killing one and critically wounding the other, police, a doctor and a local official said.

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

According to the German press agency DPA, they were two AP journalists: Anja Niedringhaus, a German photojournalist and Kathy Gannon, a Canadian journalist.

Anja Niedringhaus has been killed and Kathy Gannon is in a stable condition after being shot in the hand.

AP has confirmed the information.

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

“Naqibullah, a policeman in Tani district of Khost, opened fire on two foreign journalists.” Mobariz Zadran told Reuters.

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

Reuters / DPA