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Sweden opens probe into Kabul journalist killing

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13 March 2014

Sweden said Thursday it had opened its own investigation into the murder of British-Swedish journalist Nils Horner in Kabul.

Horner, 51, was shot at close range Tuesday in an execution-style attack in an upmarket district of the Afghan capital.

A little-known Islamist militant group -- Fidai Mahaz, linked to the Taliban-led insurgency -- claimed responsibility for the killing on Wednesday, but officials said it was still unexplained and that they were hunting for two suspects.

A statement on the group's website said Horner "was not a journalist, he was a (British) spy".

"A preliminary investigation is led by acting Chief Prosecutor Lise Tham at the International Prosecution Chamber in Stockholm, with support from the national police force," the Swedish prosecutor's office said in a statement.

The Swedish government said it did not intend to interfere in the Afghan police's murder investigation.

"We are following everything that is happening but at the moment it is a matter for the police. We are not involved," foreign affairs ministry spokeswoman Lena Tranberg told AFP.