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11 January 2010 :: 10:01:39 am 6154

British Journalist Killed in Afghan Bomb Attack

British Journalist has died as a result of a roadside explosion whilst he was covering the war in Afghanistan. Rupert Hamer [39] was a defense correspondent for the UK publication the "Sunday Mirror;" he had been with the US marines in the Helmand province at the time of his death.
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United Kingdom, the 10th of January 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: Hamer, who had previously reported on conflicts in Iraq, the Middle East and Central Asia, is the first British journalist to be killed in Afghanistan since 2001. He leaves behind a wife and three children. British photographer and colleague of Hamer’s Philip Coburn, was seriously injured in the explosion along with 4 US marines. One US marine and an allied Afghan soldier also lost their lives in the attack. Nineteen journalists have been killed since the US-led invasion in 2001, most of them Afghans. 

British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, released a statement praising journalists covering the war. “I was deeply saddened by this tragic news and my heartfelt thoughts and sympathies are with the families, friends and colleagues of Rupert and Philip. Their courage, skill and dedication to reporting from the front line was incredibly important and ensured that the world could see and read about our heroic troops.”

David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, said: “Rupert Hamer died in the course of important work informing the world about the situation in Afghanistan. I pay tribute to his efforts, and those of Philip Coburn, undertaken in the most dangerous of circumstances.”

Tina Weaver, Editor of the Sunday Mirror, said: “Rupert believed that the only place to report a war was from the front line and, as our defense correspondent, he wanted to be embedded with the US Marines at the start of their vital surge into southern Afghanistan. He left on New Year’s Eve with photographer Phil Coburn, determined to be there from the start. It was his fifth trip to Afghanistan. Affectionately known as Corporal Hamer in the office, he was a gregarious figure, a wonderful friend who was hugely popular with his colleagues.”  

Hamer grew up in Norfolk, where he attended Gresham’s School before going to the University of Leeds. He founded a school newspaper and was involved in his university paper before joining the Eastern Daily Press in Norwich. He had been the defense correspondent of the Sunday Mirror for nearly a decade.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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