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Kabul urged to share details on Swedish journalist’s murder case

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: The Swedish government has prodded the Afghan government to share any development made in investigations about Swedish journalist who was killed in Kabul last year.

A press release emailed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Monday said that the issue was discussed in a meeting between Hekmat Khalil Karzai, the MoFA political affairs deputy, Swedish Ambassador to Kabul, Peter Semneby, and Cilla Benko, the head of Swedish National Radio.

The statement said that Mrs. Benko said: “As the head of Swedish National Radio and friend of the diseased journalist, it is important for me to know results of the investigation into the case.”

Nils Horner was South Asia’s correspondent for a Swedish radio, who was shot dead in Wazir Akbar Khan area of Kabul in January 2014. The Taliban militants claimed responsibility for his killing.

Karzai said that Horner had sacrificed his life in raising Afghans voices and freedom of speech.

He said that the Afghan government was committed to protect journalists and freedom of speech.

He said that a number of Afghan and foreign newsmen sacrificed their lives in defending the freedom of press. “Ahmad Sardar, his wife and children’s brutal killing in Serena Hotel was yet another example of journalists’ sacrifices in this way,” he added.

He said that lots of improvements had been made in probe into the assassination of the Swedish journalist, and the results would be shared with the Swedish Embassy government after completion of the investigation.

It comes as the deputy interior minister, Mohammad Ayub Salangi, said earlier that the investigation into the assassination of the Swedish journalist had not yield any result yet. Salangi however vowed to continue the probe until finding the needed information.

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