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Journalists Killed in 2012 - Motive Confirmed: Mohammad Shamma

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date 18 December 2012
Cite as Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 2012 - Motive Confirmed: Mohammad Shamma, 18 December 2012, available at: [accessed 15 December 2017]
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June 27, 2012, in Doursha, Syria

Shamma, an engineer for the pro-government, private Syrian television station Al-Ikhbariya, was killed with his colleague, Sami Abu Amin, when armed men attacked the station's offices in the town of Doursha, south of Damascus, in the early hours of the morning, according to news reports.

A video released by Al-Ikhbariya stated that Shamma had been working the night shift with Abu Amin when the attack occurred.

A total of three employees and four security guards were killed in the attack, according to SANA, the official Syrian news agency. Al-Ikhbariya and other pro-government stations provided footage of the attack's aftermath, showing piles of debris and destroyed equipment. The gunmen had ransacked the offices and planted explosives, the station reported.

Pro-government news outlets blamed the attack on armed terrorist groups.

Beats Covered:Politics
Local or Foreign:Local
Type of Death:Crossfire/Combat-Related
Suspected Source of Fire:Unknown Fire
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