Journalists Killed in 2011 - Motive Confirmed: Muammar Khadir Abdelwahad
|Publisher||Committee to Protect Journalists|
|Publication Date||20 December 2011|
|Cite as||Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 2011 - Motive Confirmed: Muammar Khadir Abdelwahad, 20 December 2011, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4f045a9623.html [accessed 18 September 2014]|
March 29, 2011, in Tikrit, Iraq
Abdelwahad, 39, a correspondent for Al-Ayn news agency, and Sabah al-Bazi, 30, a correspondent for Al-Arabiya and contributor to Reuters and CNN, were killed when gunmen wearing military uniforms seized control of a provincial government building in Tikrit, capital of Saleheddin province.
The journalists were covering a provincial council meeting when the assailants – using car bombs, explosive vests, and grenades – mounted an assault on the government building in Tikrit, local and international news reported. At least 58 people were killed and nearly 100 were injured during the hours-long siege, according to news reports. Security forces regained control of the building after a fierce shootout, news reports said.
|Local or Foreign:||Local|
|Type of Death:||Dangerous Assignment|
|Suspected Source of Fire:||Political Group|