Afghan President Paid Tribute to Slain British Journalist

Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan, paid tribute to Rupert Hamer, the British journalist who was killed last Saturday, January 9.rupert-hamer

Hamer was travelling with US Marines who were fighting the Taliban when a roadside bomb blew up near Nawa, in the province of Helmand. He is a correspondent for the Sunday Mirror. The last time a British journalist died in the country was in 2001. He left behind his wife and three children aged 19, 6 and 5. Hamer was 39.

“The president praised the courage of the correspondent demonstrated in trying to cover the real situation on the ground in Helmand,” a statement from the office of President Karzai said. He has extended his sympathies to the family and friends of Hamer.

Last year, three journalists died in Afghanistan. The last one was only in December 30 when Michelle Lang of Calgary Herald was killed in Kandahar province. She died along with four soldiers from a roadside bomb.