Journalist for Reuters killed in Iraq attack

BAGHDAD, March 29 (Reuters) – A freelance journalist who
worked for Reuters was among at least 20 people killed on
Tuesday when gunmen attacked a local government building in
Tikrit, the hometown of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

Sabah al-Bazee, 30, who had contributed to Reuters in Iraq
since 2004 and also worked as cameraman for several other media
organisations, suffered shrapnel wounds in an explosion, said
his cousin Mahmoud Salah, who confirmed his death.

Bazee was married with three children. He was a native of
Salahuddin province, north of Baghdad.

“On behalf of the entire team at Thomson Reuters, I wish to
convey our sadness at the untimely death of Sabah al-Bazee,”
said Reuters Editor-in-Chief Stephen Adler.

“He was a valued member of our team in Iraq and will be much
missed by colleagues. This tragic incident shows yet again the
the risks journalists face daily in doing their jobs and to
bring news to the world.

“Our thoughts are with Sabah’s family and friends.”

The building housing the provincial council in Tikrit was
the target of an armed group, some wearing Iraqi forces
uniforms, who set off car bombs, explosive belts and grenades to
storm in and take hostages.
(Reporting by Rania el-Gamal; editing by Alastair Macdonald)

Journalist for Reuters killed in Iraq attack