Iraq Media Network/Diyala TV
March 18, 2004, in Baqouba, Iraq
Nasrat, a news anchor working for the Coalition Provisional Authority's Iraq Media Network (IMN), was killed in the town of Baqouba when unidentified armed assailants opened fire on a bus carrying several employees of the IMN's Diyala Media Centre. Diyala Media Centre produced the IMN's Diyala TV, a local television station. The interim Iraqi government later took over the IMN as part of its public broadcasting network.
Technician Najeed Rashid and security guard Muhammad Ahmad Sarham were also killed in the attack, according to Charlie Reiser, the U.S.
Army spokesman in Diyala. Ten others were seriously injured.
The bus was transporting employees to the media center when a car carrying three men approached and overtook the bus as it approached the station's entry from the main highway, Reiser said. The assailants opened fire before fleeing the scene.
Reiser said the employees "were targeted because of their affiliation with the Coalition Forces."
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