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Two Iraqi journalists killed in Abu Ghraib bombing

  Ibrahim Shallal, 32, an Iraqiya Satellite Channel correspondent, is rushed into a hospital after he was wounded in a suicide bombing attack in Abu G...
 Relatives collect the body of Suhaib Adnan, a correspondent of the Baghdadiya television channel, from a morgue in Abu Ghraib after he was killed in ...

ADDITION Iraq Suicide Bombing

Ibrahim Shallal, 32, an Iraqiya Satellite Channel correspondent, is rushed into a hospital after he was wounded in a suicide bombing attack in Abu G...

Iraq Suicide Bombing

Relatives collect the body of Suhaib Adnan, a correspondent of the Baghdadiya television channel, from a morgue in Abu Ghraib after he was killed in ...

An Iraqi TV cameraman and a reporter were killed Tuesday in a suicide bombing west of Baghdad, highlighting the dangers facing journalists as they increasingly take to the streets to report amid security gains.
Another TV journalist was fighting for his life after a suicide bomber detonated his explosives in a crowd of tribal leaders and senior security officials in a market in Abu Ghraib.
The journalists were there to cover a reconciliation meeting attended by Sunni and Shiite sheiks and prominent officials, including the deputy Interior Minister for tribal affairs.
U.S. and Iraqi officials have increasingly been inviting reporters along during visits to markets and meetings to highlight security improvements and efforts toward reconciliation.
Baghdadiya TV, a Cairo-based independent station, said cameraman Haidar Hashim Suhail, 27, and correspondent Souhaib Adnan, 30, were killed in the blast.
Four staffers for Iraqi state television also were injured, including reporter Ibrahim al-Katib who was in critical condition, according to the station.
Reporters Without Borders said Suhail and Adnan were the first Iraqi journalists killed this year.
"The security situation had until now seemed to be improving in Iraq, but this suicide bombing suggests that the dangers continue for both the population as a whole and journalists, who have to risk their lives in order to do their job," the Paris-based advocacy group said.
In all, 33 people were killed in Tuesday's attack.
The head of the Iraqi Journalists' Union, Mouyyad al-Lami called for stepped-up protection for journalists and their families.
Last December, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists said Iraq remains the deadliest country for journalists despite security gains.
At least 136 other journalists have been killed in Iraq in relation to their work since the U.S. invasion of March 2003, according to CPJ.


Updated : 2021-07-27 05:07 GMT+08:00