Sunday, March 23, 2003

ITV News Crew Hit, Reporter Killed, By 'Friendly Fire'

Sky TV, 3-23-03, British TV news reporter Terry Lloyd is believed to be dead, his employers ITN said. The journalist is believed to have been killed by Allied forces in a "friendly fire" incident in Iraq. Lloyd's two colleagues, cameraman Fred Nerac and translator Hussein Osman, are still missing. A statement released by the ITN said: "ITN has received sufficient evidence to believe that ITV News Correspondent Terry Lloyd was killed in an incident on the Southern Iraq war front yesterday. "We believe his body to be in Basra hospital, which is still under Iraqi control. Two members of his team, Fred Nerac and Hussein Osman, are still missing and ITN so far has no information on their whereabouts or condition." All three had disappeared yesterday after the TV crew came under fire in Iman Anas, while travelling to Basra. Father-of-two Lloyd, 50, was an award-winning broadcaster and fearless TV journalist having reported in war-zones across the world. Another cameraman, Daniel Demoustier, was injured as the crew drove towards the key southern city in two vehicles, but he scrambled to safety. He was not able to see what happened to his colleagues, who were first reported missing at around 2.30pm British time on Sunday. British and Iraqi forces were in the area at the time. Demoustier said Lloyd was his passenger in one car when their convoy was hit by "friendly fire" from coalition forces.,,30000-12274567,00.html | Reference note

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