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Veteran Afghan Journalist Stabbed To Death

Sayed Hamed Noorim was a deputy head of the Afghan Journalists Association and a former TV anchorman.
A veteran Afghan journalist has died in Kabul of apparent multiple stab wounds, RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan reports.

Police said the body of Sayed Hamid Noori, a deputy head of the national journalists association and a well-known former TV anchorman, was found near his apartment building in the Macrorayan area in the eastern part of the city late on September 5.

Deputy Kabul police chief Khalilullah Dastyar said that his "body was found later by police in a tree-covered area near his home" in the Macrorayan area in the eastern part of the city late on September 5.

Initial reports suggested he'd been stabbed to death.

Noori's family members said he received a phone call from unknown men at around 8:45 p.m., RFE/RL reported.

Pazhman added that it's believed that the killing might have a "criminal motive" rather than a political one.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has ordered his interior minister to investigate Noori's murder.

The Culture and Information Ministry condemned the killing and expressed condolences to Noori's family.

A senior broadcast adviser at the ministry, Jalal Noorani, told RFE/RL that the entire ministry, especially those who worked closely with Noori, was "saddened and shocked by this news."

"This has been a deplorable incident and we want the perpetrators to be arrested and brought to justice," Noorani added.

Noori, 45, was a TV news anchor at the state-owned broadcaster RTA.

He was also known for his political activism on behalf of groups opposed to Karzai.