Ahmad Shah

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Ahmad Shah, a reporter for the BBC Afghan service, died after he was shot by unidentified gunmen on April 30, 2018, in Afghanistan’s eastern Khost province, his employer reported.

Shah, 29, was on a bicycle when he was shot by the gunmen and was then transported to a hospital where he died from his injuries, according to the BBC, which cited unnamed locals.

Khost police chief Abdul Hanan told BBC’s Afghan service that police were investigating the motive in Shah’s killing.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, although the Taliban said it was not behind the shooting, according to the Afghan broadcaster TOLO News.

BBC News and Current Affairs Director Fran Unsworth said that when the attack occurred, Shah was in a normally safe area with which the journalist was familiar.

Shah worked for BBC for over a year and was described by his employer as a “respected and popular” journalist.