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Two journalists killed in Homs "went independently": Syrian information ministry source

(Xinhua)

08:09, February 23, 2012

DAMASCUS, Feb. 22 (Xinhua) -- A source from the Syrian Information Ministry told Xinhua Wednesday that the two Western journalists reportedly killed earlier in the day in the central Homs province "went there independently."

The source, on condition of anonymity, said that the two journalists did not have any coordination with the Information Ministry before setting for the restive region in Homs.

The source did not offer any further details on the reported death of the two journalists.

But, from Paris, local broadcaster France Info has already reported that one French photo journalist and an American journalist were killed Wednesday morning when a bomb hit a media center in the Syrian city of Homs.

The dead are French photographer Ochlik Remi, who was working for the magazine Paris-Match, and American journalist Marie Colvin, who was a special correspondent for the Sunday Times, the French report said.

The news was also confirmed by French President Nicolas Sarkozy 's spokeswoman Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet.

Remi is the second French journalist that died in Syria. In January, French television reporter Gilles Jacquier was killed and became the first Western journalist to die in Syria since the anti-government protests erupted 11 months ago.

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