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Swiss journalist wounded in Mosul dies of her injuries

world Updated: Jun 24, 2017 18:49 IST
Agence France-Presse
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Veronique Robert was an experienced war correspondent specialising in coverage of the Middle East.(via Twitter)

Journalist Veronique Robert, wounded in the same landmine blast that killed two colleagues in the Iraqi city of Mosul earlier this week, has died, employers France Televisions announced Saturday.

Robert had been operated on in Iraq and then flown back for treatment in France overnight Thursday to Friday, but died of her wounds, the public broadcaster said in a statement.

French colleague Stephan Villeneuve, 48, and Iraqi Kurdish reporter Bakhtiyar Addad, 41, were also killed in Monday’s blast.

All three were working for production company #5 Bis Productions on a programme for the French news show Envoye Special, aired on public television channel France 2.

A fourth journalist with them, Samuel Forey, suffered light injuries.

French culture minister Francoise Nyssen paid tribute to a “great war correspondent”, in a post on the ministerial Twitter account.

Robert, 54, was an experienced war correspondent specialising in coverage of the Middle East, Iraq in particular, said the statement from France Televisions. She worked for several news outlets in France and Switzerland, including Le Figaro newspaper and Paris Match magazine.

The journalists were accompanying Iraqi special forces during the battle for Mosul, where jihadists from the Islamic State group entrenched in the narrow streets of the Old City have set numerous booby traps.

First Published: Jun 24, 2017 14:59 IST