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New charges for Afghan accused in journalist abduction case

An Afghan man already going through prices within the 2008 gunpoint kidnapping of a New York Occasions reporter and one other journalist has been charged within the killing of three American troopers.

A revised indictment towards Haji Najibullah accused him of commanding the Taliban fighters behind a deadly ambush of Matthew L. Hilton, Joseph A. McKay and Mark Palmateer in Afghanistan, additionally in 2008.

The doc additionally alleges Najibullah helped down an American army helicopter in a separate assault later within the 12 months.
An legal professional for Najibullah, who’s in US custody, declined on Thursday to touch upon the brand new prices.

Najibullah, 45, was delivered to the USA final 12 months to face authentic prices together with hostage taking, conspiracy and kidnapping. Prosecutors alleged he orchestrated the kidnapping of David Rohde, who then labored for the Occasions, and Afghan journalist Tahir Ludin as they have been heading to interview a Taliban chief.

Each victims made a dramatic escape from a Taliban-controlled compound in Pakistan’s tribal areas greater than seven months after their Nov. 10, 2008, kidnapping. Their driver, Asadullah Mangal, was a 3rd kidnapping sufferer and escaped just a few weeks after Ludin and Rohde.

An arraignment for Najibullah is about for Oct. 15 in federal courtroom in Manhattan. If convicted, he faces life in jail. (AP)

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