Journalists Killed  |  Iraq

Alaa Abdel-Wahab

Al-Baghdadia TV

May 31, 2009, in Mosul, Iraq

Alaa Abdel-Wahab, a sports journalist with the Cairo-based Al-Baghdadia television station, died from injuries suffered when a bomb exploded in his car in Mosul, northern Iraq, The Associated ‎Press reported.

The bomb also wounded Sultan Jerjis, a sports presenter with the local radio station Al-Rasheed, ‎the Journalistic Freedoms Observatory, a local freedom watchdog, reported. ‎

Abdel-Wahab and Jerjis, on assignment for a story about the local Olympic committee, had just finished eating lunch and were getting into Abdel-Wahab’s car when the bomb exploded, according to AP. The bomb had been planted in Abdel-Wahab’s car, but it was not clear why he had been targeted.

Abdel-Wahab, 37, was taken to the city’s main hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Jerjis suffered minor leg wounds.

Medium: Television

Job: Broadcast Reporter

Beats Covered: Sports

Gender: Male

Local or Foreign: Local

Freelance: No

Type of Death: Crossfire/Combat-Related

Suspected Source of Fire: Political Group

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