Afghan group says it killed Swedish reporter

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Photo - In this file photo dated Aug. 20, 2013 and made available by Swedish Radio on Tuesday March 11, 2014, Swedish journalist Nils Horner is photographed in Stockholm. The Swedish journalist was shot to death while he was talking to a translator Tuesday on a street in Kabul, according to officials and witnesses. Nils Horner, 51, who also had British citizenship, had worked for Swedish Radio SR since 2001 as a foreign correspondent mostly in Asia and the Middle East, including Afghanistan and Baghdad. The motive was unclear. (AP Photo/Mattias Ahlm, Swedish Radio) SWEDEN OUT
In this file photo dated Aug. 20, 2013 and made available by Swedish Radio on Tuesday March 11, 2014, Swedish journalist Nils Horner is photographed in Stockholm. The Swedish journalist was shot to death while he was talking to a translator Tuesday on a street in Kabul, according to officials and witnesses. Nils Horner, 51, who also had British citizenship, had worked for Swedish Radio SR since 2001 as a foreign correspondent mostly in Asia and the Middle East, including Afghanistan and Baghdad. The motive was unclear. (AP Photo/Mattias Ahlm, Swedish Radio) SWEDEN OUT
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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An extremist Taliban splinter group has claimed responsibility for killing a Swedish-British journalist in Kabul.

Nils Horner had worked for Swedish Radio since 2001 as a foreign correspondent. The 51-year-old was killed by a shot in the head as he was reporting on Afghanistan's election on a street in Kabul on Tuesday.

It was a rare assassination of a foreigner in the capital and raised fears of increased violence ahead of the April 5 presidential election.

The Feday-e-Mahaz says in a statement posted Wednesday on its website that it targeted Horner because he was a spy for Britain's MI-6 agency, not a journalist.

The group was created by loyalists of slain Taliban commander Mullah Dadullah. The group broke with the Taliban following the announcement of talks with the United States.

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