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Afghan Journalists Angry Over Colleague's Death

Afghan journalists are outraged over the death of one of their colleagues killed during a NATO raid that rescued a Western journalist.

A group of Afghan reporters called the Media Club of Afghanistan issued a statement Thursday blaming the rescuing forces for Sultan Munadi's death.

A spokesman for the group says international forces were reckless, and he also criticized the troops' decision to leave Munadi's body behind.

Munadi was killed during an operation Wednesday that rescued New York Times reporter Stephen Farrell, who is a dual British-Irish citizen.

It was not clear if the shots that killed Munadi came from their Taliban captors or the rescuing troops.

The office of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown defended the operation, saying it was the best chance to save lives.

Security experts are now warning that more abductions of reporters and foreign nationals are likely as the security situation in Afghanistan deteriorates.

A NATO commando and the owners of the house where the hostages were held also were killed during Wednesday's raid.

Munadi and Farrell were kidnapped together Saturday in Kunduz province while reporting on the aftermath of a NATO air strike that killed a number of Afghan civilians.

Munadi's colleagues laid flowers on his grave in Kabul Thursday.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.