AP Cameraman Killed in Iraq

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A cameraman working for The Associated Press was shot to death by insurgents while covering clashes Tuesday in the northern city of Mosul, police said.

Aswan Ahmed Lutfallah, 35, was having his car repaired in an industrial area in the eastern part of the city when insurgents and police began fighting nearby and he rushed to cover the clash, police Brig. Abdul-Karim Ahmed Khalaf said.

Insurgents spotted him filming, approached him and shot him to death, Khalaf said, citing an initial report. Lutfallah had not reported any prior threats against him.

Lutfallah had been employed by AP Television News as a cameraman in Mosul since 2005. He is survived by his wife, Alyaa Abdul-Karim Salim, a 7-year-old son and a 3-year-old daughter.

“Our hearts go out to Aswan’s family and his Iraqi AP colleagues,” said AP President and CEO Tom Curley. “The murder of yet another journalist underscores the particular dangers of this conflict and the sacrifices of those committed to reporting the story.”

Lutfallah was the second AP cameraman to be shot to death in the city in 21 months.

On April 23, 2005, cameraman Saleh Ibrahim was killed after an explosion in Mosul. He was a father of five in his early 30s. AP photographer Mohammed Ibrahim was wounded.

The circumstances of the death and injury are still unclear.

Lutfallah’s death brings to 29 the number those who have lost their lives on assignments for the AP since the news cooperative was founded in 1846.

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