Media Workers Killed in 2010: Aysar Mahmoud Hamid Zankana
|Publisher||Committee to Protect Journalists|
|Publication Date||January 2011|
|Cite as||Committee to Protect Journalists, Media Workers Killed in 2010: Aysar Mahmoud Hamid Zankana, January 2011, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4e54d68fc.html [accessed 20 September 2014]|
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July 26, 2010, in Baghdad, Iraq
Security guards Zankana and Mohamed Abd al-Kareem Hadi al-Bayati and custodian Amira Hatem were killed when a suicide bomber detonated explosives in a vehicle in front of Al-Arabiya offices about 9:25 a.m.
The bureau was destroyed, said Tareq Maher, an Al-Arabiya journalist who was inside the building during the blast. The head of the army's explosives unit, Maj. Gen. Jihad al-Jaabari, told Al-Arabiya that the car was carrying about 280 pounds (128 kilograms) of ammonium nitrate.
The New York Times reported that Al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia claimed responsibility for the bombing, saying it was in response to a critical Al-Arabiya report about the group's influence. Hatem, a mother of five and a longtime member of the Al-Arabiya staff, had survived a 2003 attack on Al-Arabiya's Baghdad bureau, according to the station's website.
Media Support Worker: In 2003, CPJ began documenting the deaths of vital media employees such as translators, drivers, fixers, and administrative workers.