One Marine Killed, Four Wounded, Afghan Soldier Killed, And British Journalist Killed In An IED Attack In Afghanistan.

by Daniel Russ on January 10, 2010

Rupert Hamer With The British Publication Sunday Mirror Has been Killed In An IED Attack Along With An Unidentified US Marine.

“KABUL — An embedded British journalist and an American Marine accompanying him were killed in Ghazni province when the vehicle they were traveling in struck a roadside bomb, the British Ministry of Defense announced Sunday.

The journalist killed Saturday was Rupert Hamer, a defense correspondent from the British newspaper the Sunday Mirror who was accompanying a U.S. Marine patrol near the village of Nawa. The American soldier was not identified pending notification of next of kin. A photographer traveling with Mr. Hamer, Philip Coburn, was seriously wounded but was in stable condition.

Mr. Hamer was the first British journalist killed while covering the Afghanistan conflict in recent years, but the second Western journalist to die in the past two weeks. A Canadian journalist, Michelle Lang, died along with four Canadian soldiers in Kandahar province on Dec. 30.

In Saturday’s incident, an Afghan soldier was also killed in the blast, and four US Marines were wounded as well, according to the British ministry statement.

In Tarinkot, the capital of Uruzgan province in western Afghanistan, three Afghan aid workers employed by a German relief agency, JTZ, when the pickup truck they were in struck a landmine, provincial police chief Juma Gul Himat said.”

Source: NYT

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