Mohamed Najmedin

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Japanese journalists, translator killed

New York, May 28, 2004—Two Japanese journalists and their Iraqi translator were killed on Thursday night when their car came under attack by gunmen in Mahmoudiya, 20 miles (30 kilometers) south of Baghdad, according to news reports.

Bangkok-based freelancer Shinsuke Hashida and his nephew Kotaro Ogawa, also a freelancer, had been traveling to Baghdad from the southern city of Samawah, where Japan has deployed hundreds of troops, when the attack occurred. Agence France-Presse (AFP) listed the translator as Mohamed Najmedin.
May 28, 2004 12:00 PM ET

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Mohamed Najmedin

An interpreter working for Japanese freelance journalists Shinsuke Hashida and Kotaro Ogawa, he was killed along with the two journalists when their car was attacked by gunmen in Mahmoudiya, 20 miles (30 kilometers) south of Baghdad, according to news reports. (Agence France-Presse (AFP) listed the interpreter as Mohamed Najmedin. Some Japanese media accounts reported his name as Mohammed Abu Rwaa.)

The group was traveling to Baghdad from the southern city of Samawah, where Japan deployed hundreds of troops. The Associated Press reported that the two journalists were working for the Japanese daily Nikkan Gendai. Japanese TV channel NHK said they also worked for several other Japanese news organizations.

According to press reports, the journalists' car burst into flames after the attack. AFP and the Reuters news agency reported that the car was hit by rocket propelled grenade fire. The driver, an Iraqi who survived the incident and spoke with NHK, said he was able to flee before the car exploded. 
May 27, 2004 10:49 AM ET

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Shinsuke Hashida

Shinsuke Hashida and his nephew Kotaro Ogawa, both freelance journalists, were killed along with their translator when their car came under attack by Iraqi gunmen near Mahmoudiya, 20 miles (30 kilometers) south of the capital, Baghdad, according to news reports.

Bangkok-based freelancer Hashida and Ogawa had been traveling to Baghdad from the southern city of Samawah, where Japan deployed hundreds of troops, when the attack occurred. Agence France-Presse listed the translator as Mohamed Najmedin.

The Associated Press reported that the men were working for the Japanese tabloid daily Nikkan Gendai covering Japanese troops stationed in the southern city of Samawah. Japanese TV channel NHK reported that the two journalists had also worked for several other Japanese news organizations.

According to press reports, the journalists' car burst into flames after the attack. AFP and Reuters reported that the car was hit by rocket-propelled grenade fire. The driver, an Iraqi who survived the attack, told NHK that he was able to exit the car before it exploded.

Hashida's body was badly burned in the fire. The AP reported that Ogawa's body was found six miles (10 kilometers) from the wreck. Japanese press reports said that Ogawa might have been executed by the gunmen after fleeing or being taken away from the scene.

Hashida was an experienced journalist who had covered several conflicts as a TV reporter, according to Japanese media reports.


May 27, 2004 12:05 AM ET

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Kotaro Ogawa

Shinsuke Hashida and his nephew Kotaro Ogawa, both freelance journalists, were killed along with their translator when their car came under attack by Iraqi gunmen near Mahmoudiya, 20 miles (30 kilometers) south of the capital, Baghdad, according to news reports.

Bangkok-based freelancer Hashida and Ogawa had been traveling to Baghdad from the southern city of Samawah, where Japan deployed hundreds of troops, when the attack occurred. Agence France-Presse listed the translator as Mohamed Najmedin.

The Associated Press reported that the men were working for the Japanese tabloid daily Nikkan Gendai covering Japanese troops stationed in the southern city of Samawah. Japanese TV channel NHK reported that the two journalists had also worked for several other Japanese news organizations.

According to press reports, the journalists' car burst into flames after the attack. AFP and Reuters reported that the car was hit by rocket-propelled grenade fire. The driver, an Iraqi who survived the attack, told NHK that he was able to exit the car before it exploded.

Hashida's body was badly burned in the fire. The AP reported that Ogawa's body was found six miles (10 kilometers) from the wreck. Japanese press reports said that Ogawa might have been executed by the gunmen after fleeing or being taken away from the scene.

Hashida was an experienced journalist who had covered several conflicts as a TV reporter, according to Japanese media reports.

May 27, 2004 12:00 AM ET

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