Syria: Iran reporter killed, another hurt

2012-09-26 12:01
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Tehran - A reporter for Iran's Press TV was killed by a sniper and the Damascus bureau chief for Iran's Al-Alam was wounded in the Syrian capital on Wednesday, their employers in Tehran said.

"Press TV correspondent Maya Nasser has been killed by sniper fire in the Syrian capital, Damascus," Press TV said in a bulletin on its news website.

Both Press TV and Al-Alam said on their websites that Al-Alam's Damascus bureau chief, Hussein Mortada, a Lebanese national, was wounded.

Al-Alam said Mortada suffered a gunshot wound as he went to the site of two bomb blasts at the Damascus headquarters of the Syrian armed forces general staff.

It was not immediately known whether Nasser was with Mortada when he was killed. Press TV was not immediately able to give his nationality.

Both Press TV and Al-Alam are financed by the Iranian government, which is fully supporting the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad in its struggle against a widespread rebellion.

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