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Two Iraqi journalists were killed and another four media workers were seriously injured by a suicide bomber in the town of Abu Ghraib, near Baghdad, report the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

Haidar Hashim Suhail, a TV correspondent for satellite station Al-Baghdadia, and Al-Baghdadia cameraman Suhaib Adnan were among more than 30 people killed.

Ibrahim al-Katib, correspondent with the state-run Al-Iraqiya TV, was seriously injured, while three other employees for Al-Iraqiya suffered minor injuries in the attack.

The journalists and media workers were covering a visit by an Interior Ministry official to a tribal reconciliation gathering in Abu Ghraib, the site of the infamous prison at the centre of the 2004 detainee abuse scandal. According to CPJ sources, they were interviewing residents when the suicide bomber in military uniform detonated an explosives belt.

At least 136 other journalists have been killed in Iraq in relation to their work since the U.S. invasion of March 2003, says CPJ. Suhail and Adnan are the first journalists to be killed this year, a sign that the security situation is improving.

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(11 March 2009)

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