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Syrian Journalist Mohammed Zaher al-Shurqat Dies of Wounds after IS Shooting

13 April 2016

Reports say that 36-year-old Mohammed Zaher al-Shurqat, a Syrian journalist who was shot and wounded in the Turkish city of Gaziantep on Sunday by a masked gunman, died on 12 April from his wounds.

The shooting incident was filmed by security cameras which show the attacker approaching Al-Shurqat from behind before firing at him and escaping, Turkish News Agency Anadolu said. The journalists, who had reportedly received several threats from the so-called Islamic State, was hit in the head and critically injured. He died two days later in the hospital.

The militant group claimed responsibility for the attack, accusing the journalist of hosting programmes opposing the IS. According to media reports and pressure groups, Al-Shurqat presented a programme called “Lines of Fire” on Aleppo TV , a strong critic of IS, focusing on the fighting in the Syrian city of Aleppo and had produced reports for another programme‘ From the trenches : the concept of jihad’.

Sources: AFP/Anadolu/CPJ