WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Washington Post correspondent in Iraq was shot and killed on Sunday while on assignment in the Baghdad neighborhood of Sadiyah, the newspaper said on its Web site.
Salih Saif Aldin, 32, joined the paper in his hometown of Tikrit in early 2004. He later moved to Baghdad, where he played a key role in the Post’s coverage of Iraq.
Details of the incident were still unclear, the Post said. Saif Aldin was the first Post reporter to be killed during the Iraq war, the newspaper said.
“Salih’s death reminds us once again of the central role that Iraqi journalists and others have played in our coverage of the war and the immense sacrifices they have made to help us understand it,” said David Hoffman, the Post’s assistant managing editor for foreign news.
At least 118 journalists have been killed in Iraq while on duty, including nearly 100 Iraqis, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.