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Sunday, 10 February, 2002, 13:03 GMT
Afghan arrests over dead journalists
Foreign journalists in Taloqan
Foreign journalists leave Taloqan after a Swedish cameraman is killed
By the BBC's Kate Clark in Kabul

The authorities in Afghanistan say they have detained two men whom they suspect of involvement in the shooting of four journalists last November.

The interim Interior Minister, Younis Kanouni, said they had seized documents from the two suspects which link them to the murders.

The authorities here say they are questioning two men who were arrested on the outskirts of Kabul a week ago.

The men are suspected of involvement in the killing of four journalists who were travelling between the eastern city of Jalalabad and Kabul last November.

Difficult times

The four journalists - Australian, Afghan and Spanish men and an Italian woman - were ambushed and shot dead by men in a gorge about 90 kilometres east of Kabul.

An Afghan soldier in Bamiyan
Security for foreign travellers has been improved

This is the first time the authorities have said they have suspects in the case.

November proved to be a dangerous time for journalists in Afghanistan as front lines crumbled rapidly and armed men were resurgent.

Three radio reporters were also killed while covering a battle and a cameramen was shot dead in an armed robbery.

Since then, security for foreign travellers has improved greatly, although Afghans, particularly truck drivers, say they are having to pay bribes to armed men at check posts on many roads in the country.

The BBC's Adam Mynott
"The trail appears to have gone cold"
See also:

09 Dec 01 | South Asia
UK journalist beaten by Afghan mob
05 Feb 02 | South Asia
Journalist in pursuit of a story
21 Nov 01 | South Asia
Journalists' bodies taken to Pakistan
19 Nov 01 | South Asia
Journalists killed in Afghan ambush
12 Nov 01 | South Asia
The risks of war reporting
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