Five journalists killed in Iraq suicide attack

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A man mourns over the coffin of Iraqi free-lance journalist Yasser Faisal Al-Joumaili who was killed in the Syrian province of Idlib on December 4, as his body arrives by road from Turkey to the Iraqi city of Fallujah, west of the capital Baghdad, on December 8, 2013. (Photo: AFP - Azher Shallal)

Published Monday, December 23, 2013

Suicide bombers assaulted an Iraqi television station headquarters Monday, killing five journalists in the latest in a series of attacks against the media, police officers said.

The dead in Tikrit, north of Baghdad, were Salaheddin television's chief news editor, a copy editor, a producer, a presenter and the archives manager, the officers said.

Two of the bombers blew themselves up during the attack, and security forces killed the other two when they stormed the building in the assault, in which five Salaheddin employees were wounded.

Last week, militants attacked the Tikrit city council headquarters, and a council member and two police were killed.

Iraq has come in for repeated criticism over the lack of media freedom and the number of unsolved killings of journalists.

The country is currently experiencing the worst violence against journalists in years, with 12 killed in attacks since October 5.

Other violence on Monday killed 17 people, as officials said unrest in Iraq was being fueled by the Syrian civil war.

More than 6,650 people have been killed in Iraq since the beginning of the year, according to AFP figures based on security and medical sources.



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