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Iraqi correspondent for US radio killed

world Updated: Apr 06, 2007 11:09 IST
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The US radio station Radio Free Europe-Radio Liberty has announced that one of its Iraqi correspondents had been found shot dead in Baghdad.

"Iraqi journalist Khamail Khalaf, a reporter for Radio Free Iraq, the Arabic language service of RFE/RL in Iraq, was found dead in western Baghdad on April 5, 2007," said the statement.

Iraqi officials told the station Thursday that she had been shot in the head and that there were wounds to her body, said the statement.

She had last been seen on Tuesday. Khamail had already received threats in the past, said the statement.

She had been reporting for the station since 2004 on social and cultural life in Iraq.

Also on Thursday, a senior Iraqi journalist was killed when a suicide truck bomb exploded outside a television channel's headquarters in Baghdad, the leading Sunni political party that owns the network said.

Deputy bureau chief Thaer Ahmed Jabr died after a suicide car bomb attack followed by a gun attack on the offices, said a statement from the Iraqi Islamic Party.

Another 12 employees of the 24-hour television channel were wounded, some of them seriously, it added.