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Abducted Iraqi journalist found dead

india Updated: Nov 03, 2006 13:18 IST
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An Iraqi freelance journalist who was abducted last month in Baghdad was found dead two days ago, Muayyed Lami, secretary general of the Iraqi Media Association, said on Friday.

"The body of our member Abdelmajid Ismail was found on Wednesday and we buried him yesterday," Lami told the agency, adding that his association was still without news of five other journalists kidnapped in the last three months.

Ismail, who wrote for several national daily newspapers, was abducted on October 18 by armed men in east Baghdad's Jamila neighbourhood.

The international press watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemned Ismail's killing and urged Iraqi authorities to open a criminal investigation into his death.

According to RSF, Ismail was the 127th media professional to die in Iraq since the March 2003 invasion.

He was also the 52nd journalist to have been kidnapped.