2 IRAQI JOURNALISTS KILLED AS DAESH LAUNCHES MOSUL COUNTERATTACK

Two Iraqi journalists working for Hona Salaheddin television in a village south of Mosul were killed by Daesh (ISIS), the channel said Friday, as reports emerged of a fresh Daesh counterattack in Mosul.

Daesh infiltrated Imam Gharbi, the village south of the city, earlier in the week, seizing territory in the village. Iraqi security forces were fighting to oust the extremists, officers said.

"Colleague Harb Hazaa al-Dulaimi, correspondent for the Hona Salaheddin channel, and Sudad al-Duri, the cameraman for the same station, were martyred" in Imam Gharbi, the channel said.

Hona Salaheddin said another journalist was trapped in the village with the bodies of the two who were killed. Interior Ministry spokesman Brig. Gen. Saad Maan confirmed that two journalists were killed in the village and said that others were trapped in a house there along with police. He said security forces were some two houses away from those trapped, but were being slowed by Daesh snipers. --Associated Press

Source: National News Agency