Iraqi cameraman killed in bomb attack near Baghdad
An Iraqi cameraman working for a U. S.-based television was killed in a bomb attack west of Baghdad on Monday, while a senior police officer was wounded by a separate bomb attack in Baghdad during the day, the police said, Xinhua reported.
Tahreer Kadhem, a cameraman of the al-Hurra Arabic language American satellite channel, was killed when a sticky bomb attached to his car detonated while he was driving near a bridge in Garma area near the city of Fallujah, some 50 km west of Baghdad, a local police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
While Paris-based Reporters Without Borders group said that U.S. war with Iraq was the most lethal for journalists since World War II, statistics of the Iraqi Union of Journalists showed 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.
In Baghdad, a well-informed police source said that a roadside bomb explosion struck the car of Brigadier Amir Hameed, head of embassy protection department of the Interior Ministry, wounding him, his driver and one of his bodyguards, along with two civilians at the scene.
Violence and sporadic high-profile attacks are still common in Iraqi cities as part of recent deterioration in security which shaped a setback to the efforts of the Iraqi government to restore normalcy in the country after violence-torn Iraq held parliamentary elections about seven months ago.