Nato admits kiling Afghan journalist
Kabul - Nato has admitted that an Afghan journalist believed to have been shot dead by insurgents in southern Afghanistan was in fact killed by a soldier from the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).
"Mr Khpalwak was shot by an ISAF member who believed he was an insurgent that posed a threat and was about to detonate a suicide-vest IED," Nato said in a statement late on Thursday.
"Afghan forces removed the body from the building; it was that of Ahmad Omid Khpalwak. He was unarmed; no weapon was found nearby," the statement added.
Ahmad Omid Khpalwak was a freelance journalist working with the local Pajhwok Afghan News agency and the BBC since 2008.
He was killed during an insurgent attack on several government buildings in Tarin Kot in the southern province of Uruzgan on July 28 while hiding inside the Radio Television of Afghanistan office.
Khpalwak was the third Pajhwok journalist to be killed since 2008, the agency said.
Reacting to Nato's admission, the BBC director of global news Peter Horrocks said: "The death further highlights the great dangers facing journalists who put their lives on the line to provide vital news from around the world."
The Committee to Protect Journalists said 23 reporters have been killed in Afghanistan since 1992. It ranks Afghanistan the 10th most dangerous country for journalists.