BBC journalist shot dead in Afghanistan

A missing Afghan journalist working for the BBC has been killed, the broadcaster has confirmed.

Abdul Samad Rohani disappeared from Lashkar Gah in the southern province of Helmand on Saturday.

The BBC said his corpse was found yesterday afternoon. He had been shot in the head.

The journalist had worked alongside the BBC’s Kabul correspondent, Alastair Leithead, and was the Helmand reporter for the Pashto service of the BBC World Service.

Jon Williams, the BBC’s world news editor, said: “Rohani’s courage and dedication have been a key part of the BBC’s reporting from Afghanistan in recent years.

“His bravery – and that of his colleagues – have allowed us to tell the key story for audiences in the UK, in Afghanistan and around the world.

“His death is a terrible loss – our thoughts are with his friends and family. We are working closely with his family to support them at this difficult time.”

He was the second foreign BBC journalist to be killed over the weekend.

Naftah Dahir Farah, 26, a freelance who worked for the BBC and the Associated Press, was shot dead in Kismayo, southern Somalia, on Saturday.

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