Two of the four journalists murdered in Afghanistan Monday filed reports shortly before their deaths, detailing the discovery of what appeared to be highly deadly Sarin gas at one of Osama bin Laden's abandoned terrorist bases.
Sarin gas -- a clear yellow liquid -- is 26 times more lethal than cyanide gas. In 1995, Japanese extremists used sarin gas to attack passengers in the Tokyo subway, killing 12 people and injuring thousands.
In stories datelined Monday from the Afghan city of Jalalabad, reporters Julio Fuentes of Spain and Maria Grazia Cutuli of Italy said they found 20 vials of a clear yellow liquid labeled "Sarin/V-Gas" in the cyrillic script of the Russian language.
The discovery was made at Farm Hada -- one of the largest known terrorist training facilities in Afghanistan, about 20 kilometers south of Jalalabad.
Mr. Fuentes' report appeared Monday in Spain's El Mundo newspaper. In it, he said he carefully examined the suspect vials in one of 20 cases found at the base, which recently had been abandoned by Taleban troops aligned with Osama bin Laden's terrorist al-Qaida network.
Within hours of the published reports, Mr. Fuentes, Ms. Cutuli and two other journalists (Australian Harry Burton and Afghan-born photographer Azizullah Haidari) were pulled from a convoy traveling from Jalalabad to Kabul and shot dead by unidentified gunmen.