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Last Updated: Tuesday, 30 May 2006, 01:05 GMT 02:05 UK
TV crew killed in Baghdad attack
From left to right, James Brolan, Kimberly Dozier and Paul Douglas
The three journalists were travelling with a US patrol in Baghdad
Two British journalists working in Iraq for US news network CBS are among at least 41 people killed in a day of bomb attacks in and around Baghdad.

Cameraman Paul Douglas and soundman James Brolan died when a car bomb hit the US military unit they were accompanying in the Iraqi capital.

CBS correspondent Kimberly Dozier, who previously worked for BBC World Service radio, was seriously injured.

She has undergone two operations to remove shrapnel from her head.

But doctors say she has other serious injuries to her lower body.

The CBS team was accompanying soldiers of the 4th Infantry Division. A US army officer and an Iraqi interpreter died in the same attack

These were seasoned reporters and newspeople
Aliah Git
Executive editor
CBS Radio News

In other attacks:

  • A car bomb kills 12 people - said to be mainly university students - and injures 24 in the Adhamiya area of Baghdad

  • Another bomb in Adhamiya, near Baghdad's main Sunni mosque, kills at least five civilians and wounds seven

  • Eleven die and 16 are injured in an explosion on a bus in Khalis, 80km (50 miles) north of Baghdad, close to a base of the Iranian opposition movement Mujahideen e-Khalq

  • Seven people are killed when a minivan explodes near a street market in Baghdad

  • A gun attack in Baghdad leaves two police officers dead

'Curious incident'

The CBS team were outside their armoured Humvee jeep when the bomb went off.

"It wasn't a roadside bomb it was a car bomb," Aliah Git, the executive editor of CBS Radio News, told the BBC.

"All we're being told is that they'd been stopped, the convoy, and gotten out of their vehicle due to something described only as a curious incident.

"They were wearing protective gear and a nearby car exploded."

The trio had been reporting a "routine" story, covering American troops for Memorial Day in the US, the network said.

Veteran crew

The three were "seasoned reporters and newspeople" who had been "in and out of Baghdad probably dozens of times", Ms Git said.

Scene of bombing in Baghdad
The crew were reporting on US troops for Memorial Day, CBS said

Paul Douglas, 48, was a veteran of numerous war zones, including Afghanistan and Bosnia, and had been working for CBS since the early 1990s.

James Brolan, 42, was a freelancer who had been working for CBS in Afghanistan and Iraq during the last year.

Kimberly Dozier, 39, who holds dual US-British citizenship, has been reporting on the war in Iraq for nearly three years.

A spokesman for the UK Foreign Office said the next of kin had been informed and consular staff were providing assistance to the families.

Iraq is considered the most dangerous country in the world for journalists.

Nearly 100 journalists have been killed in the country since the start of the 2003 US-led invasion. The latest deaths bring to 20 the number who have died in 2006.




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Footage of CBS correspondent Kimberly Dozier in Iraq



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