Two journalists killed in Mosul blast

Dhaka,  Mon,  25 September 2017
Published : 20 Jun 2017, 12:01:33
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Kurdish and French reporters killed in Mosul explosion

A landmine blast in the Iraqi city of Mosul has killed one Kurdish and one French journalist, as Iraq's forces push deeper into the last remaining areas held by ISIS (also known as ISIL) fighters.

Kurdish reporter Bakhtiyar Addad, who was working with a French team as a fixer and interpreter, was killed in Monday's explosion, according to public broadcaster France Televisions and global journalist rights watchdog Reporters Without Borders, reports Al Jazeera.

French journalist Stephan Villeneuve and two other French journalists were also wounded in the blast. Villeneuve later succumbed to his wounds, the broadcaster said in the early hours of Tuesday.

"The management and staff at France Televisions sympathise with the pain of his partner Sophie, his four children, his family and all those he was close to. They offer their most sincere condolences," the head of the news department said in a statement.

Commenting on Addad's death, The Metro Center for Journalists Rights and Advocacy said that "One more journalist became a victim to spreading the truth", Rudaw, a media group in Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region, reported.

The centre added that Addad had been injured three times before as he covered the war in Mosul.
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