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Gunmen kill female journalist in N Iraq
www.chinaview.cn 2007-06-07 20:13:53
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Special report: Tension escalates in Iraq °°

°§Gunmen on Thursday shot dead a female journalist working for Voices of Iraq.
°§Her name was listed as wanted along with other journalists.
°§Last week another journalist for the VOI, was also killed.

An Iraqi soldier mans a machinegun at a checkpoint in Baghdad June 5, 2007.

An Iraqi soldier mans a machinegun at a checkpoint in Baghdad June 5, 2007. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
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     MOSUL, Iraq, June 7 (Xinhua) -- Gunmen on Thursday shot dead a female journalist working for an independent Iraqi news agency in Mosul, some 400 km north of Baghdad, a provincial police source said.

    "Gunmen attacked Sahar al-Haidari, a female journalist, in front of her house in the al-Hadbaa neighborhood in Mosul and showered her with bullets," the source from Nineveh province told Xinhua by telephone.

    The source said the victim was working under false names to avoid gunman attacks. But her name was listed as wanted along with other journalists for the self-styled Islamic State in Iraq, an al-Qaida-linked group.

    Haidari, 45, is a mother of three girls and working for the independent news agency Voices of Iraq (VOI).

    Last week, Nezar Abdul Wahid al-Radi, another journalist for the VOI, was also killed by gunmen in the southern Missan province.

    Media advocate Reporters Without Borders said that at least 182 journalists and media assistants have been killed in Iraq since the start of the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003.

    It has called for the establishment of a special police unit to investigate media killings in Iraq after a record 12 journalists were slain in May.

A girl looks from behind the glass window of a bus bound for Syria, in Al-Salhiyah bus station in Baghdad, June 7, 2007. Hundreds of Iraqis leave Baghdad daily by travelling to Syria on buses to avoid the sectarian violence, a manager in the bus station said. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
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