US Soldier Killed BBC Reporter

Inquiry overturns earlier report he was killed by insurgents
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 9, 2011 4:00 AM CDT
An US Soldier of the 1st Platoon of Task Force 3-66 Bravo Company of the 172, standing on a vehicle before a mission yesterday.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – BBC journalist Ahmed Omed Khpulwak was accidentally killed by US troops in July after being mistaken for an insurgent, the International Security Assistance Force announced yesterday after a review of the incident, reports the BBC. Khpulwak was originally reported to have been killed by insurgents in a militant attack in southern Uruzgan province. But the inquiry found a soldier had actually mistaken the reporter for a suicide bomber and shot him. "Ahmed Omed's death further highlights the great dangers facing journalists who put their lives on the line to provide vital news from around the world," said the BBC Global News director.

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