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Gunmen kill young Iraqi journalist at his home

From Jomana Karadsheh, CNN
  • Mazin al-Baghdadi was a reporter and anchor for al-Mousiliyya TV
  • He was shot in front of his family
  • Iraq is one of the deadliest countries in the world for journalists

Baghdad, Iraq (CNN) -- Gunmen shot and killed a young Iraqi journalist in front of his family Sunday in the northern city of Mosul, an official at the Interior Ministry said.

Mazin al-Baghdadi worked as a reporter and anchor for al-Mousiliyya TV.

Gunmen in civilian clothing showed up at his home around 6 p.m. and identified themselves to his father as intelligence officers, the ministry official said.

When al-Baghdadi exited to his house to speak with the men, they shot him.

His family was looking on when the shooting occurred, according to the official, who described the journalist as young.

More than 230 journalists and media workers have been killed in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion began in 2003, the watchdog group Reporters Without Borders said in September -- making Iraq one of the deadliest countries in the world for journalists.

In other violence in Iraq, at least six people were wounded in bomb attacks around the country's capital, the Interior Ministry official said.

Two roadside bombs targeting a police patrol in northern Baghdad's Kadhimiya neighborhood detonated in quick succession on Sunday evening, wounding at least five people, including three policemen, the official said.

Earlier on Sunday, a bomb attached to a civilian vehicle in Kadhimiya exploded, wounding the driver, the official added.