Kurt Schork, veteran Reuters coresspondent, and Miguel Gil Moreno de Mora, Associated
Press cameraman, were killed in an ambush by rebels of the
Revolutionary United Front (RUF).
Schork, 53, and
Moreno de Mora, 32, were traveling in two vehicles with soldiers from
the Sierra Leone Army (SLA) when RUF forces opened fire on them east of
Rogberi Junction, some 54 miles from the capital, Freetown. The ambush
took place in an area that had recently been the scene of fierce
fighting between rebels and pro-government forces.
Four SLA soldiers were also killed in the incident, while two other
Reuters journalists, cameraman Mark Chisholm and photographer Yannis
Behrakis, were wounded. Chisholm and Behrakis received first-aid
treatment at a local hospital run by United Nations peacekeepers before
they were evacuated to Indian Field Hospital in Freetown, where they
were treated for minor injuries.