An eyewitness told ABC News that the women were covering the Afghani elections when they were shot by a man dressed as a member of the local police. It’s unclear whether the man was a Taliban insurgent or a policeman, but he is currently in custody.
Pulitzer-winning photographer Anja Niedringhaus was killed instantly, according to another eyewitness, and reporter Kathy Gannon was struck twice. She is currently in stable condition.
As ABC points out, this is only the most recent incident in a string of attacks against journalists in Afghanistan, which will soon hold “a critical national election”:
The attack marks the third time in the past three weeks that foreign journalists have been targeted. On March 11, Swedish journalist Nils Horner, 52, was shot to death at point-blank range by unidentified gunmen outside an upscale supermarket in one of Kabul’s most heavily fortified neighborhoods. The gunmen fled and remain at large. On March 21, four young gunmen stormed into Kabul’s only five-star hotel, the Serena, and opened fire in the crowded restaurant, killing Afghan journalist Sardar Ahmad, his wife, and two of his three children. The third remains in the hospital and is expected to survive.
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