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Murdered AFP journalist Sardar Ahmad was talented, charming and versatile

Published on Mar 22, 2014 12:47 AM

KABUL (AFP) - Shocked colleagues of Sardar Ahmad, the senior reporter in AFP's Kabul bureau, Friday mourned the loss of a charming and talented journalist with a deep, nuanced understanding of Afghanistan's wrenching conflict.

Mr Ahmad, 40, was shot dead along with his wife Humaira and two of their three children - a girl and boy - when gunmen attacked the Serena hotel in the Afghan capital on Thursday evening.

An AFP staff photographer identified the four bodies at a city hospital on Friday, and said the family's infant son was undergoing emergency treatment after suffering serious wounds.

"This is an immensely painful and enormous loss for Agence France-Presse," AFP chairman Emmanuel Hoog said.

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