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Journalists Killed in 2001 - Motive Confirmed: Maria Grazia Cutuli

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date January 2002
Cite as Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 2001 - Motive Confirmed: Maria Grazia Cutuli, January 2002, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4e649567c.html [accessed 2 October 2014]
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Corriere della Serra
November 19, 2001, in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan

Azizullah Haidari, an Afghan-born photographer for the Reuters news agency; Harry Burton, an Australian cameraman for Reuters; Julio Fuentes, a Spanish correspondent for the Madrid-based newspaper El Mundo; and Maria Grazia Cutuli, an Italian correspondent for the Milan-based daily Corriere della Serra, were killed by a group of gunmen who ambushed their convoy.

The journalists were traveling through eastern Nangarhar Province at the head of a convoy of about eight vehicles when they were stopped by a group of armed men near the town of Sarobi, some 55 miles (90 kilometers) east of Kabul. Gunmen dragged the four journalists out of two of the front cars, marched them into the surrounding hills, and executed them using Kalashnikov rifles, according to a driver and translator who were allowed to flee and later spoke to reporters.

On the morning of November 20, the bodies were brought to Jalalabad, where colleagues identified them.

Although an anti-Taliban coalition in Jalalabad had chosen a new governor for Nangarhar that weekend, local authorities had not secured full control over the province.

Medium:Print
Job:Print Reporter
Beats Covered:War
Gender:Female
Local or Foreign:Foreign
Freelance:No
Type of Death:Murder
Suspected Source of Fire:Paramilitary Group
Impunity:No
Taken Captive:Yes
Tortured:No
Threatened:No

 

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