BBC confirms journalist killed in Afghanistan
The BBC in London confirmed that one if its journalists was killed Thursday in an insurgent attack in southern Afghanistan, saying he was was in the local broadcast building at the time.
Naming the stringer as Ahmed Omed Khpulwak, the British Broadcasting Corporation said he was 25 and had joined the BBC in 2008.
He was one of at least 17 people killed in the triple suicide blasts and gun attacks in the country's Uruzgan province.
Suicide bombers and a group of gunmen attacked official buildings and a militia base in the provincial capital Trinkot, including the local radio and television building. The Taliban immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.
BBC Global News director Peter Horrocks paid tribute to Khpulwak, who also worked for an Afghan news agency.
"The sympathies of the BBC and all of his colleagues go to Ahmed Omed's family and friends. Only this morning he was reporting on BBC Pashto about another Taliban attack that happened last night," he said.
"The BBC and the whole world are grateful to journalists like Ahmed Omed who courageously put their lives on the line to report from dangerous places."
© 2011 AFP