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Young cameraman killed in bomb blast

Iraqi journalists are among the many killed in roadside bombs as insurgents attempt to weaken a fragile government prior to elections in 2010
Iraqi journalists are among the many killed in roadside bombs as insurgents attempt to weaken a fragile government prior to elections in 2010

via AP

An Iraqi cameraman was killed in an explosion in front of his home in Kirkuk on 21 October, reports the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

Orhan Hijran, 18, who worked for the Baghdad-based independent Al-Rasheed satellite channel, was with Mohammed Abdullah Zadeh, a correspondent with the Cairo-based Al-Baghdadia, as they were just coming home from an assignment when a roadside bomb exploded, according to CPJ and RSF. Zadeh was injured and later released from the hospital, severely traumatised after carrying Hijran to the hospital.

The south-western area of Kirkuk, a road often used by the U.S. military, has been hit many times with roadside bombs, report CPJ and RSF. The area where Hijran was killed has a police checkpoint and has been the target of more than a dozen bombs in recent months.

Insurgents also struck Baghdad with a vicious bomb blast on 25 October, killing at least 155 with more than 700 wounded, according to news reports. Government buildings were destroyed. Militants are attempting to destabilise the vulnerable government ahead of a national election planned for January 2010.

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