BBC Afghan reporter killed in eastern province

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The BBC says one of its Afghan reporters has been killed in an attack in the eastern Khost province.

The broadcaster says Ahmad Shah, 29, had worked for its Afghan service for more than a year and “had already established himself as a highly capable journalist who was a respected and popular member of the team.”

BBC World Service Director Jamie Angus called it a “devastating loss” and sent his “sincere condolences to Ahmad Shah’s friends and family and the whole BBC Afghan team.” He says “we are doing all we can to support his family at this very difficult time.”

Talib Mangal, spokesman for the provincial governor in Khost, said Shah was shot dead, without providing further details.

He was killed the same day a suicide bomber in the capital, Kabul, killed at least nine journalists.

The attack, claimed by the Islamic State group, was the deadliest to target journalists since the fall of the Taliban in 2001.