BBC journalist killed in Afghanistan attacks

Thursday 28 July 2011 15.15
BBC - Paid tribute to killed journalist
BBC - Paid tribute to killed journalist

A journalist working for the BBC was among at least 17 people killed in an attack in southern Afghanistan.

The BBC has named the stringer as 25-year-old Ahmed Omed Khpulwak, who had started working for the organisation in 2008.

He died in a bombing at the local broadcast building in the country's Uruzgan province. It was one of three suicide blasts in the provincial capital, Tarin Kowt.

The Taliban immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks.

BBC Global News director Peter Horrocks paid tribute to Mr Khpulwak, who also worked for an Afghan news agency.

‘The sympathies of the BBC and all of his colleagues go to Ahmed Omed's family and friends. Only this morning he was reporting on BBC Pashto about another Taliban attack that happened last night,’ he said.

‘The BBC and the whole world are grateful to journalists like Ahmed Omed who courageously put their lives on the line to report from dangerous places.’