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Former New York Times translator slain in Afghanistan

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – Noor Ahmad Noori, an Afghan translator who formerly worked for the New York Times in Afghanistan, was found beaten and stabbed to death, wrapped in a sack and dumped on a roadside late Thursday outside the Helmand province capital of Lashkar Gah where he lived, government officials and family members reported.

The relatives said Noori, 29, a well-known local journalist who was engaged to be married, had been abducted by armed men earlier Thursday.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the killing, and it was unclear whether it was a criminal or personal matter, or possibly connected to the Taliban insurgency.

Police are investigating the case, and the Helmand governor promised journalists that the government would release the information as soon as the investigation was completed. The governor pledged to “find the culprits,” a spokesman said.

Noori first went to work for the Times in 2010. He left by mutual agreement early last fall. Noori also worked for Bost, a local Helmand radio broadcaster.

He was well known to many people in the local government as well as to the civilians working with U.S. military mission in Laskkar Gah.