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Journalists Killed in 2007 - Motive Confirmed: Ajmal Naqshbandi

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date January 2008
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April 8, 2007, in Helmand province, Afghanistan

Taliban fighters beheaded reporter Ajmal Naqshbandi in the Garmsir district of Helmand province after the Afghan government refused demands to free jailed Taliban leaders in exchange for the journalist's release.

Naqshbandi was abducted on March 4 with La Repubblica reporter Daniele Mastrogiacomo and the group's driver, Sayed Agha, in Helmand province. Agha was slain a few days after the abduction, while the Italian Mastrogiacomo was released March 19 in exchange for five Taliban prisoners.

Naqshbandi, a freelance journalist with several clients, was accompanying Mastrogiacomo on a trip to interview Taliban leaders when the kidnapping took place.

Job:Print Reporter
Beats Covered:War
Local or Foreign:Local
Type of Death:Murder
Suspected Source of Fire:Political Group
Taken Captive:Yes


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