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Kabul Korrespondence

Fresh, factual, and funky view of Afghanistan and the surrounding Central Asian region

A street named Ajmal

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Kabul - As a token of paying tribute to late Afghan journalist Ajmal Naqshbandi who was brutally beheaded by Taliban insurgents last year, authorities here in the Afghan capital named a street after him on Monday.

The street named "Ajmal Naqshbandi Avenue" is the first of its kind named after a journalist killed in Afghanistan.

While unveiling the plaque of the avenue, President of the Afghanistan National Journalist Union Abdul Hamid Mubariz slammed Taliban for executing the late Naqshbandi and called on journalist communities to work for strengthening expression freedom in the country.

Naqshbandi, 20, who worked as free lance journalist and accompanied an Italian reporter in the restive Helmand province last year, was kidnapped and then beheaded by Taliban.

However, the militants set free the Italian journalist in exchange for five Taliban prisoners.

Conflicts and civil strife have claimed the lives of several journalists over the nearly three decades in Afghanistan.

R.I.P.

posted by Travis, 7:31 pm

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