Najem Abed Khudair

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Ahmed Adam and Najem Abed Khudair, reporters with the private Iraqi newspaper Al-Mada, were murdered on a road in Latifiyah, a town about 25 miles (40 kilometers) south of Baghdad after leaving the office of their newspaper in Baghdad.

A colleague told CPJ that they
were killed after meeting with newspaper staff in Baghdad and getting
assignments for the week. The journalists were on the way home to
Karbala, their hometown, when armed men ambushed their car. The
colleague told CPJ that the journalists’ throats were slit and their
bodies were left on the side of the road. At least four other
journalists were killed after being ambushed on roads in the area south
of Baghdad. Initial press reports said that the journalists were
traveling with a driver, who was also killed.