French, Iraqi journalists killed in Mosul mine blast

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 20, 2017

A French journalist has been killed in Mosul after a mine exploded in the war-torn city, public broadcaster France Televisions said today.

The television network said Iraqi journalist Bakhtiyar Haddad was killed and two reporters, Veronique Robert and Stephane Villeneuve, were wounded and taken to a USA military hospital in northern Iraq. Villeneuve later succumbed to his wounds, the broadcaster said in the early hours of Tuesday.

"They offer their most honest condolences", the head of the news department said in a statement.

Villeneuve was reporting for an investigative news program called Envoye Special aired by France-2 television.

They were both taken to a hospital on a U.S. military base following the explosion.

Monday's mine explosion killed Iraqi journalist Bakhtiyar Haddad and left reporter Veronique Robert wounded, while another freelance reporter suffered minor injuries.

"I am very sad for Bakhtiyar and my colleagues, I ask you to not contact me for a couple of days", he wrote on Twitter.

Islamic State fighters have been defending their remaining stronghold in the Old City of Mosul, moving stealthily along narrow back alleys as US-backed Iraqi forces slowly advance.

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