Iraqi reporter killed during military offensive

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Baghdad, Oct 5 (IANS/AKI) A photographer working with Iraqs military was killed in clashes on Wednesday during an assault to re-capture the northern town of Hawija, one of the Islamic State group’s last strongholds, the news site reported.

Hamza al-Abboudi was killed when IS militants fired a mortar shell on his locations when troops were invading the centre of Hawija, located near the oil city of Kirkuk, IraqiNews said.

Iraqi forces entered Hawija earlier on Wednesday after launching a major offensive to retake the strategic IS bastion in late September.

Conflicts in Iraq have killed 465 Iraqi journalists in 14 years, said the head of the Iraqi Journalists Syndicate, Moayed al-Lami, said.



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