January 29, 2008, in Balad, Iraq
Alaa Abdul-Karim al-Fartoosi, a cameraman, and driver Alaa Aasi were killed by a roadside bomb as they entered the town of Balad, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of Baghdad, at around 6:15 p.m., according to the director of external relations for the channel, Mihssen Mohammad Hussein.
The driver and cameraman were traveling with correspondent
Hussein said the crew was filming a report to commemorate the second anniversary of the bombing of the Askariya shrine in Samarra.
Abbas al-Issawi, director-general of Al-Forat, told CPJ it
was not clear whether the crew was deliberately targeted. The satellite
channel, established in 2004, is backed by the powerful Supreme Islamic Iraqi
Council, a Shiite political party led by Abdul Aziz al-Hakim.
Job: Camera Operator
Beats Covered: War
Local or Foreign: Local
Type of Death: Crossfire/Combat-Related
Suspected Source of Fire: Political Group