Swedish journalist shot dead in central Kabul- UPDATED

Journalist was shot by unknown gunmen central Kabul on Tuesday morning and died of his wounds in hospital

Swedish journalist shot dead in central Kabul- UPDATED

World Bulletin/News Desk

A gunman shot dead a Swedish journalist outside a restaurant in a brazen attack in one Kabul's most heavily guarded districts on Tuesday, police and embassy sources said, underscoring growing insecurity threatening next month's elections.

The Swedish Embassy identified the victim as Nils Horner, 51, who worked for Swedish Radio and had dual British-Swedish nationality.

"Nils was one of our absolute best and most experienced correspondents and what has happened to him today is terrible," said Swedish Radio's director-general, Cilla Benkö, who described this as one of the worst days in the corporation's history.

"We are now trying to get as many details as we can."

Horner had been waiting outside a Lebanese restaurant with his driver and translator when two men in Western clothes approached and one shot him at point-blank range in the back of the head, said Zubir, a guard at the restaurant who uses only one name.

The guard and a nearby shopkeeper said only one shot was fired.

The attack took place barely a minute's walk from the site of another Lebanese restaurant, where Afghan Taliban fighters killed eight Afghans and 13 foreigners in January.

Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban, said the group was unaware of the attack but would investigate.

Hashmatullah Stanekzai, chief spokesman for the Kabul police chief, said Horner's driver and translator were being questioned but there were no suspects in custody.

The neighborhood is home to several embassies, supermarkets and cafes frequented by foreigners. Police vehicles are permanently stationed at a roundabout a block away and the mansions that line the road have guards at each gate.

A daytime attack on a civilian walking in that part of the capital is highly unusual.

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