Iraqi TV executive loses legs in car bombing
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Last Updated: Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 18:41
Baghdad: An Iraqi television executive had his legs blown off when a booby trap bomb attached to his car exploded in Baghdad on Tuesday, a journalist and security officials told agency.

Omar Ibrahim Rasheed, director of public relations for Rasheed television, lost his legs when the bomb exploded in the Dora district of the Iraqi capital as he travelled to work, said Majid Hamid, a journalist with the channel.

Two of Rasheed's neighbours, whom he was giving a lift, and six passersby were also wounded in the attack, said an interior ministry official.

Rasheed, 40, was formerly a producer with the Al-Baghdadia television channel, before moving to Rasheed television, a satellite channel owned by a Sunni businessman, when it launched two years ago.

The Baghdad-based Journalistic Freedoms Observatory, a media defence organisation, says 247 media staff, the vast majority of them Iraqis, have been killed since the US-led invasion that ousted dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003.

In its Press Freedom 2009 index published last October, Reporters Without Borders ranked Iraq at a lowly 145th place for media freedom out of 175 countries.

Separately today, three people were killed and seven wounded when a homemade bomb exploded outside a liquor store in Zayuna, an eastern Baghdad district.


First Published: Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 18:41

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