Journalists Killed  |  Afghanistan

Mahmoud Saremi

Iranian News Agency (IRNA)

August 8, 1998, in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan

Saremi, Afghanistan bureau chief for the official Iranian news agency, IRNA, disappeared, along with a group of Iranian diplomats, on August 8, when Taliban fighters seized the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif and captured the Iranian consulate. On September 10, a Taliban spokesman admitted that Saremi and eight other Iranians had been found murdered near Mazar-i-Sharif. On August 10, CPJ urged Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar to investigate Saremi's disappearance; after learning of the assassination, CPJ called on him to launch an investigation into the killing.

Medium: Print

Job: Editor

Beats Covered: Politics

Gender: Male

Local or Foreign: Foreign

Freelance: No

Type of Death: Murder

Suspected Source of Fire: Political Group

Impunity: Yes

Taken Captive: Yes

Tortured: No

Threatened: No

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