Al-Qaysi, an anchor for the satellite station, was killed in
a suicide bomb attack in central Ramadi that also wounded his brother, a fellow
station staff member, according to news reports and the local press support
group, the Journalistic Freedoms Observatory.
Al-Qaysi and his brother Mustafa, a cameraman, were walking
to work at around 10 a.m. when a car bomb detonated at the gate to a government
compound in central Ramadi, killing 13 and wounding as many as 40 others, news
accounts and the journalism observatory said.
A sport utility vehicle tried to break through the gates of
the government compound, exploding when it came under fire from guards, the Los Angeles Times reported. The bombing,
which came amid a series of attacks, occurred as Iraqi leaders were struggling to
form a new government.
Uthman al-Mukhtar, an observatory representative, said Omar
al-Qaysi covered sports and social issues.