Journalists Killed  |  Iraq

Nadia Nasrat

Iraq Media Network/Diyala TV

March 18, 2004, in Baqouba, Iraq

Nasrat, a news anchor working for the Coalition Provisional Authority's Iraq Media Network (IMN), was killed in the town of Baqouba when unidentified armed assailants opened fire on a bus carrying several employees of the IMN's Diyala Media Centre. Diyala Media Centre produced the IMN's Diyala TV, a local television station. The interim Iraqi government later took over the IMN as part of its public broadcasting network.

Technician Najeed Rashid and security guard Muhammad Ahmad Sarham were also killed in the attack, according to Charlie Reiser, the U.S. Army spokesman in Diyala. Ten others were seriously injured.

The bus was transporting employees to the media center when a car carrying three men approached and overtook the bus as it approached the station's entry from the
main highway, Reiser said. The assailants opened fire before fleeing the scene.

Reiser said the employees "were targeted because of their affiliation with the Coalition Forces."

Medium: Television

Job: Broadcast Reporter

Beats Covered: War

Gender: Female

Local or Foreign: Local

Freelance: No

Type of Death: Murder

Suspected Source of Fire: Political Group

Impunity: Yes

Taken Captive: No

Tortured: No

Threatened: No

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