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Japanese journalist killed in clash

world Updated: Aug 22, 2012 00:14 IST

A female Japanese reporter has been killed after being caught in gunfire in the conflict-torn north Syrian city of Aleppo, Japan's foreign ministry said Tuesday.

The death of 45-year-old Mika Yamamoto takes to four the number of foreign journalists who have lost their lives in the country since the uprising began.

Reports from the US-funded Arabic language broadcaster Al Hurra said four journalists had been travelling in a car that was attacked by fighters dressed like those from the Free Syrian Army.

Three other journalists are also missing, two Arabs - one of them a Lebanese woman - and a Turkish reporter.