ANKARA, Turkey April 12 —
Two Turkish journalists were hurt Saturday after assailants
opened fire on their car in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Their
wounds were not life-threatening.
The injured were among six Turkish journalists traveling in two
separate cars to a Mosul hospital to interview patients.
Kemal Batur, a journalist with Sky Turk television, was shot in
the hand, while Mesut Gengec, a cameraman for Show TV, was hit in
the head by shrapnel. They were being treated in a hospital in the
northern Iraqi city of Irbil.
There were conflicting reports about who was responsible. One
journalist said the assailants were Iraqi militiamen loyal to Saddam
Hussein, while another blamed people protecting the hospital from
"They opened fire from all sides," Batur said from his hospital
bed, in images broadcast in Turkey.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the government was
trying to evacuate the journalists to Turkey for treatment.
|Turkish civil servants, holding
a national flag, march in front of the U.S. embassy, at the
left in the background, in Ankara on Saturday, April 12, 2003
to protest the war in Iraq and Iraqi Kurdish moves into Iraqi
cities Kirkuk and Mosul. Turkey's top military and political
leaders, alarmed by Iraqi Kurdish moves, met Friday to discuss
possible Turkish reactions. (AP Photo/Burhan
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