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Journalists Killed in 2012 - Motive Confirmed: Sami Abu Amin

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date 18 December 2012
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June 27, 2012, in Doursha, Syria

Abu Amin, 30, a reporter for the private pro-government Syrian television station Al-Ikhbariya, was killed with his colleague, Mohammad Shamma, when armed men attacked the station's offices in the town of Doursha, in southern Damascus, in the early hours of the morning, according to news reports.

Amin was working the night shift at the station with Shamma, according to a video report by Al-Ikhbariya. His colleagues called him "Father of the Night," the report said.

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 destroyed equipment and piles of debris. The gunmen had ransacked the offices and planted explosives, the station reported.

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

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