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AP photographer killed in eastern Afghanistan

The Associated Press news agency has said in a dispatch that its photographer Anja Niedringhaus had been killed in eastern Afghanistan. Reporter Kathy Gannon was also wounded in the attack.

Anja Niedringhaus, 48, an internationally acclaimed German photographer, was killed instantly, according to an AP Television freelancer who witnessed the shooting.

(File photo 2005) Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus was killed in eastern Afghanistan Credit: Peter Dejong/AP

According to AP, the two were traveling in a convoy of election workers delivering ballots from the center of Khost city, when a unit commander named Naqibullah walked up to the car and opened fire on them in the back seat with his AK-47.

AP correspondent for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Kathy Gannon. Credit: Reuters

The attack comes on the eve of the April 5 presidential elections Islamist insurgency groups claim is a "Western-backed sham".

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Closure of UK's Afghan base is step towards withdrawal

The disbandment yesterday of the UK's military headquarters in Afghanistan is the latest in a series of steps marking Britain's withdrawal of combat troops from the country - due to be complete by the end of this year.

British combat troops are due to withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of the year. Credit: Press Association

Last month the MoD announced the closure or handover of three frontline bases in Helmand, leaving just one outside Camp Bastion.

Some 448 British forces personnel or MoD civilians have died in Afghanistan since the start of operations in October 2001.

UK military HQ in Afghanistan has been disbanded

The UK's military headquarters in Afghanistan has been disbanded in the latest major step in the withdrawal of British troops.

The UK's military headquarters in Afghanistan has been disbanded. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Archive/Press Association Images

British-led Task Force Helmand came to an end yesterday after eight years of frontline military operations involving tens of thousands of UK servicemen and women.

Its functions will now be absorbed into the wider US-led Regional Command, the Ministry of Defence said.

Afghan security: Taliban attackers 'have all been killed'

NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel, who is in the Afghan capital Kabul, wrote on Twitter:

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#Afghan security sources tell @nbcnews that all attackers have been shot dead and the siege on the Afghan election commission is over.

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Police chief tells @nbcnews four militants attacked election hq.. They came in burqas. Attack On going. #kabul

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