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Journalist for BBC killed in Afghanistan

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  • Abdul Samad Rohani was abducted from his car in Helmand province on Saturday
  • His body was found Sunday in a cemetery near the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah
  • BBC praises his courage and dedication to reporting from Afghanistan
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(CNN) -- An Afghan journalist working for the British Broadcasting Corporation was found dead Sunday, a day after he was abducted in southern Afghanistan, officials said.

Abdul Samad Rohani was the second BBC journalist killed in a two-day period.

Gunmen abducted Rohani in southern Helmand province Saturday, while he was driving to the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah, said Ahmad Nabi Jan, an official with Helmand police.

"The abductors had taken his car and other belongings and dumped his body after killing him," he said.

Rohani's body was found near a Lashkar Gah cemetery Sunday afternoon, Nabi Jan said.

Rohani had three bullet holes in his neck and sustained several cuts on his body.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for Rohani's killing.

Rohani was the Helmand-based reporter for BBC World Service's Pashto language service. He previously worked with Pajhwak, an Afghan news agency.

"Rohani's courage and dedication have been a key part of the BBC's reporting from Afghanistan in recent years," according to a BBC statement.

"His death is a terrible loss. Our thoughts are with his friends and family," the BBC said. "We are working closely with his family to support them at this difficult time."

On Saturday, BBC freelancer Nasteh Dahir Farah, 36, was gunned down on his way home from work in southern Somalia, according to the National Union of Somali Journalists. He was at least the 10th reporter killed in the war-torn African nation since last year.

CNN's Laura Perez Maestro and journalist Farhad Peikar contributed to this report.

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