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In Ghazni Province, International Forces Arrest Afghan Photojournalist


Rahmatullah Naikzad, who took this photograph of the scene of a bomb explosion near a mosque in Ghazni, was arrested today. Rahmatullah Naikzad/Associated Press hide caption

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An Afghan freelance journalist, Rahmatullah Naikzad, has been arrested in Ghazni, Afghanistan, by the International Security Assistance Force, which says "it is investigating suspicions he may have been too close to Taliban militants," The Associated Press reports.

According to his family members, Naikzad contributed photographs and video to the AP and Al-Jazeera. He was an ethnic Tajik.

In a post on The Christian Science Monitor's Global News Blog, Dan Murphy notes that "the vast majority of Taliban members are ethnic Pashtuns, and most Tajiks are sworn enemies of the Taliban."

If recent experience is anything to go by, it could be months or years before the allegations against him are dealt with and he's either cleared and released, or evidence of wrongdoing is forthcoming.



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