Baghdad: Heavily armed assailants have shot dead a television journalist and his cameraman in the northeastern Iraqi province of Diyala.
Iraq’s Sharqiya news channel announced on Tuesday that the pair came under attack near the provincial capital, Baquba, located some 50 kilometers northeast of Iraq’s capital, Baghdad.
“Armed militias assassinated correspondent Saif Tallal and his cameraman Hassan al-Anbaki near Baquba,” a Sharqiya news presenter said.
The channel added that the journalists were sprayed with bullets while returning to Baquba from a reporting trip with Staff Lieutenant General Mizher al-Azzawi, the head of security command responsible for the volatile province
Tallal and Anbaki had been working for the Arabic-language channel covering the Iraqi armed forces’ operations against the Daesh Takfiri terrorists in the troubled region.
The assailants managed to flee the scene before security forces arrived.
Iraq has been one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists in recent years. Several journalists have been killed by Daesh terrorist group across Iraq over the past years.