Journalists Killed in 2010 - Motive Confirmed: Rupert Hamer
|Publisher||Committee to Protect Journalists|
|Publication Date||January 2011|
|Cite as||Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 2010 - Motive Confirmed: Rupert Hamer, January 2011, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4e54d6a4c.html [accessed 22 May 2015]|
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January 10, 2010, in an area near Nawa, Afghanistan
Hamer, a veteran war correspondent, was killed and Sunday Mirror photographer Philip Coburn was injured while embedded with a U.S. Marine unit. The journalists were traveling in an armored vehicle when it was hit by a roadside bomb. A U.S. Marine was also killed.
The U.K.-based Sunday Mirror said the two journalists had left Britain on New Year's Eve to cover the U.S. troop increase in Afghanistan. Hamer, 39, had been employed by the paper for a dozen years and was making his fifth trip to Afghanistan, the Mirror said. He had also covered the war in Iraq. He was survived by a wife and three children.
The Marines were on patrol near Nawa, in the southern province of Helmand, where U.S., British, and Canadian troops and Taliban fighters had squared off ahead of an expected U.S. military offensive.
|Local or Foreign:||Foreign|
|Type of Death:||Crossfire/Combat-Related|
|Suspected Source of Fire:||Political Group|