New York, July 15, 2005—A gunman fired on a car carrying an Al-Iraqiya television crew in Baghdad on Thursday, wounding three staffers, according to news reports.
The crew was on its way to cover the funerals of car-bomb victims when a masked assailant walked up to its car in the New Baghdad neighborhood and opened fire, Al-Iraqiya correspondent Bassem al-Fadhli told The Associated Press. Al-Fadhli was traveling in the car, but he was not injured.
The driver, a cameraman, and an assistant cameraman were wounded, he told the AP. The Committee to Protect Journalists could not immediately reach Al-Iraqiya officials for comment, but the station reported the attack on the air and said one of the three wounded staffers had suffered severe injuries.
The crew was assigned to cover the funerals of people killed in an explosion Wednesday in the neighborhood, al-Fadhli told the AP. The Wednesday blast killed up to 27 people, including 18 children and teenagers.
At least three staffers of Al-Iraqiya, the Iraqi public network, have died since hostilities began more than two years ago.