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Street in Afghanistan capital named after slain journalist

Where the streets have a name: Afghan journalists in Kabul held a picture of Ajmal Naqshbandi,a translator who was held hostage and killed by the Taliban.Photo: Reuters / Goran Tomasevic

As a token of paying tribute to late Afghan journalist Ajmal Naqshbandi who was brutally beheaded by Taliban insurgents last year, authorities in Afghanistan capital Kabul have named a street after him. The street named "Ajmal Naqshbandi Avenue" is the first of its kind named after a journalist killed in Afghanistan, Xinhua has reported.

While unveiling the plaque of the avenue, President of the Afghanistan National Journalist Union Abdul Hamid Mubariz slammed Taliban for executing the late Naqshbandi and called on journalist communities to work for strengthening expression freedom in the country.

Naqshbandi, 20, who worked as free lance journalist and accompanied an Italian reporter in the restive Helmand province last year, was kidnapped and then beheaded by Taliban. However, the militants set free the Italian journalist in exchange for five Taliban prisoners.

Date posted: April 9, 2008 Last modified: May 23, 2018 Total views: 563