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Female Kurdish reporter killed in Iraq conflict
AFP
Kirkuk, August 09, 2014
First Published: 09:16 IST(9/8/2014)
Last Updated: 09:19 IST(9/8/2014)

A reporter working with Kurdish news agency Firat was killed Friday when jihadist fighters attacked a camp in Iraq, one of her employers said on their website.

Deniz Firat was hit in the heart by shrapnel during an attack by Islamic State fighters on a camp in the town of Makhmur where families of Turkey's PKK Kurdish rebels have been living.

Makhmur, about 280 kilometres (175 miles) north of Baghdad, is one of the areas that had been attacked by jihadist fighters in recent days.

According to Kurdish officials, it was also one of those targeted in the first US air strikes launched Friday against Sunni extremist militants in northern Iraq.

The journalist worked for a number of outlets, including Firat, a news agency with ties to the PKK, many of whose fighters have been hosted by Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region.

A PKK security official told AFP she died at around 5:00 pm (1400 GMT) during clashes between jihadist and PKK fighters.


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