Afghan policemen stand alert at the site of an attack on a foreign national who was shot in the head and killed in Kabul on March 11, 2014. AFP PHOTO/SHAH Marai
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A gunman shot dead a Swedish-British journalist in central Kabul on Tuesday, officials told AFP, a rare daylight murder of a foreigner in a city often hit by Taliban suicide attacks.The Taliban denied responsibility for the killing, which came in an upmarket district of the Afghan capital close to a Lebanese restaurant where the militants launched a suicide attack that killed 21 people, including 13 foreigners, in January. The Swedish ambassador to Afghanistan Peter Semneby identified the dead man as radio journalist Nils Horner, 51 . Horner was hired by Sveriges Radio in 2001 .According to journalists in Kabul, Hong Kong-based Horner arrived in the city on Sunday and had planned to stay about a week or ten days.The killing comes less than a month before presidential elections in Afghanistan on April 5 and the withdrawal of NATO combat troops by the end of this year after 13 years of fighting the Taliban.
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