An Iraqi photographer and driver employed by Reuters news agency were killed in Baghdad on Thursday in an area where U.S. forces were battling militants, the London-based agency said.
The victims were identified as photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen, 22, and driver Saeed Chmagh, 40.
“The cause of their deaths was unclear, although witnesses spoke of an explosion in the area,” said a statement from Reuters. “Iraqi police said either a U.S. airstrike or a mortar attack had occurred.”
At least 19 people were killed in the violence in Baghdad’s eastern Amin district, where U.S. forced launched a pre-dawn raid that led to the capture of two suspected Shiite militiamen, the military said in a statement. Militants responded with rocket-propelled grenades and mortars.
Six employees of Reuters have been killed in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, the agency said.
“Once again we are left mourning colleagues who have met an untimely death while doing their job in Iraq,” chief executive Tom Glocer said.
Noor-Eldeen was single. Chmagh was married with four children, Reuters said.