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British journalist killed in explosion

A British journalist was killed by a roadside bomb on 9 January while travelling with a U.S. Marine Corps unit, report Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ).

Rupert Hamer worked for the London-based "Sunday Mirror" and is the first British journalist to be killed in Afghanistan, says RSF. Hamer died at the scene of the explosion in Helmand province. His colleague, photographer Philip Coburn, was seriously injured, report IFJ and RSF.

Hamer was a veteran of conflict reporting and had worked in Iraq; it was his fifth trip to Afghanistan, reports IFJ. A U.S. marine and an Afghan soldier were also killed.

"His death shows that Afghanistan remains one of the world's most dangerous reporting assignments. Travelling with the army does not lessen the risk to reporters. Indeed, as this tragedy shows, it can put journalists directly in the firing line," said IFJ.

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