Report: Pro-Assad militia killed Japanese journalist

August 26, 2012 17:26


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AZAZ, Syria - The Syrian driver who took Japanese journalist Mika Yamamoto into the wartorn city of Aleppo said she had been shot dead by militiamen loyal to President Basher Assad, after following rebels on a mission to rescue civilians.

The 38-year-old driver, who gave his name only as Abdulrahman, told Reuters Yamamoto and her colleague Kazutaka Sato had crossed the Turkish border with two journalists working for the US-funded al-Hurra television, and asked to be taken to the northern city of Aleppo.

The al-Hurra journalists were reported detained by the militiamen in Aleppo and have not been heard of since.

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