Killing of BBC journalist investigated by Nato

Nato-led forces in Afghanistan are investigating the death of a BBC journalist after fears that he may have been killed by international forces.

According to the BBC, Ahmed Omed Khpulwak, 25, was one of 19 people, including 12 children, killed in attacks on a TV and radio station in Tarin Kot, in the southern province of Uruzgan last week.

The BBC reports that it has asked for an inquiry due to conflicting reports which came to light as to who had fired the fatal shots.

Original reports suggested that Khpulwak had been killed by insurgents (BBC).

The International Security Assistance Force will lead the investigation and brief Khpulwak’s family. It says it will use the findings to prevent similar incidents.

The BBC reports that residents said heavy machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles were used by both sides. Afghan government forces received air support from Nato.

According to the BBC the Taliban admitted responsibility for carrying out the attacks but denied killing the reporter. A local news agency has suggested he was killed by US troops.

The 25-year-old stringer joined the BBC on 1 May, 2008, and also worked for the Pajwak Afghan news agency.

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