Swedish Journalist Assassinated on Streets of Kabul

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_6b60656243.jpgMatthewBrosseau/Thinkstock (KABUL, Afghanistan) -- A group in Afghanistan claims to have gunned down a Swedish journalist considered a "legend" in his own country. Nils Horner, 52, was conducting an interview on the streets of Kabul Tuesday when witnesses said two men shot him in the head. No one else was injured in the attack.

In a statement, members of the fidai mahaz movement say they killed Horner and accused him of being a spy for MI6, Britain's intelligence agency.

The murder has got other foreigners particularly worried because it occurred in a supposedly safe area inhabited by non-governmental organizations, embassies and journalists.

It was in the same neighborhood last January that 21 people were killed during an attack on a Lebanese restaurant. Three of the victims were American.

Horner's death might discourage reporters from journeying outside more fortified military bases and diplomatic compounds to seek out stories they wouldn't get otherwise.

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