The Kabul street where Nils Horner was killed. Photo: Rahmat Gul/TT Mattias Ahlm/Swedish Radio

Nils Horner’s killers still at large

The funeral of slain Swedish Radio correspondent Nils Horner takes place Friday, but no one has been arrested over his murder in Afghanistan.

Horner, 51, was killed in unprecedented execution-style attack in Kabul's diplomatic district on March 11th. Since then, several Afghan authorities have worked on the murder investigation, which is now in the hands of the national security service and the local police’s anti-terror unit, according to Najibullah Khan, Kabul’s district police chief.

“The case is being treated as a terrorist attack and we no longer have any insight into the investigation,” Khan told Swedish Radio News. “I only know that the two individuals who can be seen on surveillance camera footage are still free and have not been arrested,” he added.

The footage shows two men running through the Wazir Akbar Khan district in central Kabul just after the shooting on an open street.

The Swedish investigation into Horner’s murder continues, too. Chief prosecutor, Krister Petersson, is running the preliminary investigation. He told Swedish Radio News that the Swedish and Afghan investigations are being conducted separately.

“In Sweden, we’ve held a number of interrogations. We’ve kept in touch with the Afghan authorities and have gone through the confiscated items that have been sent over here, but I can’t tell you what progress we’ve made so far or exactly what measures we have planned next,” said Petersson.

Asked what the prospects are of solving the murder, Petersson said: “That remains to be seen. Our aim is to solve it and I presume the Afghan authorities are doing their utmost to do so, too, as they have told the media.”

Nils Horner’s funeral takes place in the western Swedish city of Borås on Friday and will be attended by his nearest family and friends.

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