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Afghan suspect in AP shootings sent to Kabul

Tuesday - 4/8/2014, 12:08pm  ET

Bullet holes are seen in the car in which Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus and AP reporter Kathy Gannon were traveling when they were shot by an Afghan policeman, Friday, April 4, 2014 in Khost, Afghanistan. Niedringhaus, 48, an internationally acclaimed German photographer, was killed instantly, according to an AP Television News freelancer who witnessed the shooting. Gannon was wounded twice and is receiving medical attention. (AP Photo)

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A senior Afghan official says the policeman who opened fire on two Associated Press journalists, killing one and seriously wounding the other, has been transferred to Kabul as Afghan authorities step up the investigation.

The police chief of Khost province, where the shootings occurred, says the Interior Ministry sent two helicopters on Tuesday to take the suspect, identified as a unit commander named Naqibullah, to the Afghan capital.

Police chief Faizullah Ghyrat says he was in the car that took Naqibullah, whose hands and feet were bound by chains, to the Khost airport.

AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus died instantly on Friday. AP reporter Kathy Gannon, who was with her, was wounded and has been moved to Germany for further medical evaluation.

The police officer surrendered to colleagues after the shootings.


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