Iraqi cameraman wounded in bomb attack

A bomb targeted the car of an Iraqi cameraman and his driver in the northern city of Mosul, a place where attacks on journalists have abruptly risen. (File photo: Reuters)

An Iraqi cameraman and his driver were wounded by a bomb targeting their car on Sunday in the northern city of Mosul, where attacks on journalists have risen sharply.

Iraq has come in for repeated criticism over the lack of media freedom and the number of unsolved killings of journalists, but a spate of attacks on journalists in Mosul is the worst to hit the country in years.

Five journalists were killed in the last three months of 2013 in Mosul, a mostly Sunni Arab city that remains one of the most dangerous cities in Iraq, with militants frequently carrying out attacks and reportedly extorting money from shopkeepers.

On Sunday, Salah al-Nazal, a cameraman for the Al-Mosuliyah television, was wounded alongside his driver by a magnetic “sticky bomb” attached to their car, police and hospital sources said.

The blast went off inside the campus of Mosul University where Nazal was filming a report.

Iraq has come in for repeated criticism over shortcomings in media freedom, and ranks first in the Committee to Protect Journalists’ Impunity Index, which tracks unsolved murders of journalists.

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