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Iraqi TV station says US troops killed cameraman

An Iraqi television station accused US troops Thursday of shooting dead one of its cameramen as he walked to his Baghdad home. The body of a second journalist, Haidar Hashim al-Husseini, a reporter for Al-Sharq newspaper, was found dumped in a field with nine other corpses in Diyala province, police and colleagues said.

A spokeswoman for the Afaq television channel, according to a Reuters report, said cameraman Wisam Ali Ouda was shot dead by US soldiers in eastern Baghdad's Obaidi district at around 5pm on Wednesday. "We confirm one of our employees was killed by an American sniper," said Bushra Abdul-Amir, head of public relations at the station. She added that witnesses had given testimony to the station's managers.

Hadi Jalu, deputy director of Iraq's Journalistic Freedoms Observatory, said he had also interviewed witnesses on the scene who had corroborated this, without saying how many. "They all said an American soldier killed him," he said.

A spokesman for the US military in Baghdad, Lieutenant-Colonel Steven Stover, said no civilians had been killed during military operations in Obaidi on Wednesday, which starting in the morning and continued into the night. "All extremists were ... either committing a violent act or posed a threat to commit a violent act," he said.

Date posted: May 23, 2008 Last modified: May 23, 2018 Total views: 440