Newswatch | Newswatch

You are here

Police free Afghan journalist who took execution pics

An Afghan journalist, Rahmatullah Naikzad, has been freed after his pictures and video footage of 2 women brazenly executed by the Taliban led intelligence officials to hold him for questioning for two days, the Associated Press (AP) has reported.

The pictures and footage of the slain women were aired internationally and in Afghanistan, prompting widespread anger in Afghanistan over the killings. President Hamid Karzai personally condemned the crime. On Wednesday, Afghan intelligence authorities requested the journalist, who sometimes works for AP, to answer questions about what he knew about the killings.

The pictures included one of the two burqa-clad women sitting next to each other a few minutes before their executions. Another photo showed their bodies the following morning, when he returned to the scene. The video footage and photos did not show the actual execution, but the audio track did record the women's screams. The journalist told AP that the Taliban would not allow him to record images of the killings.

Date posted: July 19, 2008 Last modified: May 23, 2018 Total views: 318