Iraqi photographer killed in Fallujah fighting

Iraqi photographer killed in Fallujah fighting
A Iraqi photographer employed by elite government forces was killed by IS mortar rounds during fighting in Fallujah.
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15 June, 2016
The photographer was embedded with Iraqi troops [twitter]
A photographer employed by Iraq's elite interior ministry forces was killed Wednesday by a mortar round during fighting in Fallujah, officers said.

An AFP photographer on the scene said the incident took place in the city's southern neighbourhood of Shuhada, which the Iraqi government recently retook from the Islamic State group.

"Photographer Fadil al-Garaawi was killed when a mortar round struck near a group of journalists and members of the security forces in Fallujah," a senior federal police officer said.

Three armed members of the security forces were also killed in the same incident, the officer said.

The 45-year-old photographer also contributed to Iraqi news outlets.

Iraqi forces launched a broad offensive last month to retake Fallujah, which has been out of government control since January 2014 and is one of IS's most emblematic bastions.