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Iraqi TV Cameraman Killed by Militants While Covering Tal Afar Offensive

© REUTERS / StringerIraqi army with Shi'ite Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) gather during fighting with Islamic State militants on the outskirts of Tal Afar, Iraq, August 24, 2017
Iraqi army with Shi'ite Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) gather during fighting with Islamic State militants on the outskirts of Tal Afar, Iraq, August 24, 2017 - Sputnik International
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A cameraman from the Iraqi Karbala TV channel was killed in a suicide attack while covering of the Iraqi army's offensive aimed at retaking the northern city of Tal Afar from the Daesh terror group (outlawed in Russia), a military source told Sputnik Saturday.

TAL AFAR (Iraq), (Sputnik) — Cameraman Sujad Najm was killed in a suicide attack in the east of Tal Afar, the source said adding that his colleague Hussain Khafaji was injured.

The source also said that another local TV broadcaster’s cameraman had been killed during the clashes in the city’s west.

​Kerbela TV channel confirmed the death of its employee.

The Iraqi government forces started the military offensive in Tal Afar, the major Daesh stronghold near the Iraqi-Syrian border, on August 20. The city is located some 30 miles away from recently liberated Mosul.

Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Jaafari said earlier on Saturday that the country’s army had already liberated 70 percent of Tal Afar from the terrorists.

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