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Three journalists killed in Baghdad: Police

The three journalists had gone to Samarra on Wednesday to report on the bombing of a major Shiite shrine.

india Updated: Feb 23, 2006 12:08 IST

Three Iraqi journalists working for the Dubai-based Arabiya satellite television network were kidnapped and killed on the outskirts of Samarra, north of Baghdad, police said on Thursday.

The three journalists had gone to Samarra on Wednesday to report on the bombing of a major Shiite shrine and on the angry demonstrations that followed.

"The bodies of the presenter Atwar Bahjat, of cameraman Adnan Abdallah and of soundman Khaled Mohsen were found early on Thursday morning some 15 kilometres north of Samarra," police said.

They were believed to have been kidnapped on Wednesday evening as they were leaving town.

A fourth person travelling with them was able to escape, police said.

The bombing of the shrine led to widespread demonstrations throughout Iraq on Wednesday and at least six Sunnis were killed in Baghdad and a number of Sunni mosques were attacked nationwide.

First Published: Feb 23, 2006 12:08 IST