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Hundreds mourn slain AFP reporter and family in Kabul

Published on Mar 23, 2014 10:18 PM

KABUL (AFP) - Hundreds of mourners turned out in pouring rain on Sunday to lay to rest Sardar Ahmad, AFP's senior reporter in Afghanistan, together with his wife and two of their children who were among the victims of a Taleban attack on a Kabul hotel.

After the funeral procession made its way through the capital, they were buried side by side at a cemetery on the outskirts of Kabul, as those who came to pay their respects wept under umbrellas.

Four teenage gunmen with concealed pistols carried out a raid on the luxury Serena hotel on Thursday, just weeks before Afghanistan votes for a successor to President Hamid Karzai in a poll the Taleban have vowed to disrupt.

Mr Ahmad, 40, his wife Homaira, six-year-old daughter Nilofar and five-year-old son Omar were among nine civilians to lose their lives in the assault.

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