Journalists Killed, Abducted in Iraq


Updated at 12:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, April 8

(AP) Two journalists and two soldiers were killed Monday in an Iraqi rocket attack on the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Division south of Baghdad, U.S. Central Command said. Fifteen soldiers were also wounded.

Spaniard Julio Anguita Parrado, 32, of the newspaper El Mundo was killed when the missile struck south of the Iraqi capital, his newspaper and the Spanish Defense Ministry said.

A German photographer, Christian Liebig, was also killed in the attack, according to sources.

The deaths brought to eight the number of foreign journalists who have died while in Iraq to cover the war.

Also Monday, armed Iraqis abducted two Polish journalists at a checkpoint near the Iraqi town of Hillah, about 80 miles south of Baghdad, their editor said.

Marcin Firlej, 27, a reporter for the private TVN24 news channel, and 31-year-old Jacek Kaczmarek, with Polish state radio, were traveling from the town of Nasiriyah with a larger group of journalists when they were seized, TVN24 editor Malgorzata Laszcz said.

TVN24 reporter Marcin Woroch, who was in another car in the same convoy, described their abductors as “five or six armed men, some still in military uniforms, some in black,” in a report aired on his channel.

Among the journalists who have died while covering the war are Americans David Bloom of NBC News and Michael Kelly, editor-at-large for The Atlantic Monthly and a columnist for The Washington Post. Kelly was killed Thursday along with a U.S. soldier when their Humvee plunged into a canal; Bloom died Sunday from an apparent blood clot.

The others are Kaveh Golestan, an Iranian freelance cameraman for the BBC, Gaby Rado of Britain’s Channel 4 News, Terry Lloyd of Independent Television News in Britain, and Paul Moran of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Two other Independent Television News journalists, cameraman Fred Nerac of France and Hussein Osman of Lebanon, are missing in Iraq.

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