Iraqi journalist, 5 people wounded in bombing in Baghdad

18:20, April 13, 2010      

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A bomb explosion wounded six people, including a journalist of an Iraqi TV station, in southern Baghdad on Tuesday, an Interior Ministry source said.

Omer Ibrahim Rasheed, working for the al-Baghdadia television, was wounded when a bomb planted in his car detonated in the morning. He was driving the car with another person in Doura district in southern Baghdad, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The blast also wounded his companion and four passers-by, the source added.

The Cairo-based al-Baghdadia television has become known for journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi, who threw his shoes at former U.S. President George W. Bush during a press conference on Dec. 14, 2008.

Statistics of the Iraqi Union of Journalists show that more than 275 of its members and media workers have been killed since the start of the U.S.-led war in March 2003.

According to earlier reports by Paris-based media watchdog Reporters Without Borders, Iraq has become the most dangerous place for journalists after the outbreak of the war since World War II.

Sporadic attacks have continued in Iraq more than a month after the country held its landmark parliamentary election which is widely expected to shape the political landscape of the war-torn country.

Source: Xinhua


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