French, Iraqi journalists killed in Mosul mine blast

Civilians fleeing the fighting between the Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants arrive at a processing centre before being transferred to refugee camps, in western Mosul, Iraq June 19, 2017.

A French video journalist and an Iraqi colleague have been killed in a mine blast while covering the operation to root out Islamic State extremists from Mosul. Villeneuve later succumbed to his wounds, the broadcaster said in the early hours of Tuesday. It said he had covered numerous conflicts, and expressed condolences to his wife Sophie and his four children.

The television network said Iraqi journalist Bakhtiyar Haddad was killed and two reporters, Veronique Robert and Stephane Villeneuve, were wounded and taken to a US military hospital in northern Iraq.

"They offer their most honest condolences", the head of the news department said in a statement.

Reporter Samuel Forey, who worked for a number of French media organisations including French daily Le Figaro, also suffered light injuries.

Kurdish reporter Bakhtiyar Addad, who was working with a French team as a fixer and interpreter, was killed in Monday's explosion, according to public broadcaster France Televisions and global journalist rights watchdog Reporters Without Borders.

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