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'Bodies of Colvin, Ochlik on way to Damascus'

world Updated: Mar 02, 2012 23:00 IST

The remains of two Western journalists killed in Syria, American reporter Marie Colvin and French photographer Remi Ochlik, were being taken from the besieged city of Homs to the capital on Friday, the Red Cross said.

"Ambulances are currently transporting the bodies of Marie Colvin and Remi Ochlik towards Damascus," International Committee of the Red Cross spokesman in the capital Saleh Dabbakeh said.

Colvin, 56, worked for Britain's Sunday Times and 28-year-old Ochlik was in Syria for the photo agency he co-founded, IP3 Press.

They were killed when a makeshift press centre in the rebel-held Homs district of Baba Amr was hit on February 22.

Three other Western journalists were wounded in the attack, including Colvin's British photographer colleague Paul Conroy and French reporter Edith Bouvier of Le Figaro and French photographer William Daniels.

A plane transporting Bouvier and Daniels was due in Paris later on Friday after they were evacuated from Homs where they had been trapped for days under regime bombardment.

Conroy was taken to Britain's embassy in the Lebanese capital Beirut after he was smuggled out of Homs, British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday.

Paris prosecutors on Friday opened a preliminary murder probe into the attack on the media centre.

A judicial source said that one of the inquiry's first objectives would be to gather data that would allow the formal identification of Ochlik's body so it could be returned to France.