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Reuters: Cameraman killed near Baghdad prison

News agency calls for investigation

Mazen Dana
Mazen Dana worked for Reuters for 10 years.

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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- A Reuters cameraman was shot and killed Sunday while filming near the Abu Ghraib prison just west of Baghdad, the news agency reported in a written statement.

The prison was the target of a mortar attack Saturday night that killed at least six Iraqi detainees, U.S. military officials said.

Reuters identified the cameraman as Mazen Dana, a 43-year-old Palestinian who had worked for the company for 10 years, mostly in the West Bank city of Hebron. He was married and had four children.

The news agency said Dana was one of its most experienced conflict journalists. He won an International Press Freedom Award in 2001 by the Committee to Protect Journalists for his work in Hebron, where he was wounded and beaten many times.

"Mazen was one of Reuters' finest cameramen, and we are devastated by his loss," said Stephen Jukes, Reuters' global head of news, in the statement. "He was a brave and award-winning journalist who had worked in many of the world's hot spots. He was committed to covering the story wherever it was and was an inspiration to friends and colleagues at Reuters, and throughout the industry. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with his family."

A spokesman for Iraq's U.S.-led administration said an investigation into Mazen's death was under way.

"We hope that there will be the fullest and most comprehensive investigation into this terrible tragedy," Jukes said.

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