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Suspect In Shooting Of AP Journalists Sent To Kabul

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ANJA NIEDRINGHAUS
A woman lays a rose in front of a picture of the Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus, 48, who was killed April 4, 2014, in Afghanistan, during a tribute in Paris, Saturday, April 5, 2014. Support group of the four French journalists taken hostages in Syria, Edouard Elias, Pierre Torres, Nicolas Henin and Didier Francois organized a commemoration for AP late Anja Niedringhaus and AP correspondent Kathy Gannon, who was wounded in Afghanistan.(AP Photo/Michel Euler) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A senior Afghan official says the policeman who opened fire on two Associated Press journalists, killing one and seriously wounding the other, has been transferred to Kabul as Afghan authorities step up the investigation.

The police chief of Khost province, where the shootings occurred, says the Interior Ministry sent two helicopters on Tuesday to take the suspect, identified as a unit commander named Naqibullah, to the Afghan capital.

Police chief Faizullah Ghyrat says he was in the car that took Naqibullah, whose hands and feet were bound by chains, to the Khost airport.

AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus died instantly on Friday. AP reporter Kathy Gannon, who was with her, was wounded and has been moved to Germany for further medical evaluation.

The police officer surrendered to colleagues after the shootings.