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First Media Killing of 2015 in Yemen

07 January 2015

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) condemned the killing of Al-Masirah TV channel correspondent Khalid Mohammed al Washali, who died last Sunday 4 January in the city of Dhamar, south of the Yemeni capital, Sanaa. The reporter was one of the four people killed by a roadside bomb blast, allegedly carried out by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), and became the first journalist to be killed in 2015.

According to media reports, the bombing targeted a gathering of Houthi militiamen, also known as Ansarullah, in the city of Dhamar. During the attack at least three officers were killed, apart from the journalist, and 25 more people were injured.

Khalid Mohammed al Washali was working for Al-Masirah, a Houthi-owned television channel, which confirmed the reporter's death on its Facebook page.

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