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Basra Protesters Converge on House of Murdered Journalist

Basra Protesters Converge on House of Murdered Journalist

Saturday, 11 January, 2020 - 09:30
Basra - Asharq Al-Awsat

Iraqi crowds headed on Friday to the house of slain correspondent Ahmed Abdul Samad in Basra province, hours after he was killed along with his colleague, cameraman Safaa Ghali, by unknown assailants.


The protesters denounced his assassination and said provincial officials were responsible for unveiling the identity of the perpetrators.


Abdul Samad was covering the protests for Iraqi broadcaster Dijlah TV, when, according to a security source, armed men in a four-wheeler opened fire at the journalist from a short distance.


He was killed on the spot while the cameraman succumbed to his wounds at the hospital.


The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) denounced their murder and called for finding the perpetrators.


Qassem Nazzal, the commander of Basra Operations, said an investigation was launched in the killing, affirming that the identity of the assailants will be known.


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