Dozens of people were killed in Iraq Tuesday when armed gunmen stormed a local government office in the northern city of Tikrit, setting off explosives and executing 15 hostages. Among the dead is a local journalist and father of three, 30-year-old Sabah al-Bazee, who was a correspondent for the Al-Arabiya satellite TV channel and a freelancer for CNN and Reuters, which reported that he died of shrapnel wounds.
"On behalf of the entire team at Thomson Reuters, I wish to convey our sadness at the untimely death of Sabah al-Bazee," said Reuters editor-in-chief Stephen Adler in a statement. "He was a valued member of our team in Iraq and will be much missed by colleagues. This tragic incident shows yet again the risks journalists face daily in doing their jobs and to bring news to the world. Our thoughts are with Sabah's family and friends."