BBC NEWS Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific
BBCi NEWS   SPORT   WEATHER   WORLD SERVICE   A-Z INDEX     

BBC News World Edition
 You are in: Programmes: Panorama  
News Front Page
Africa
Americas
Asia-Pacific
Europe
Middle East
South Asia
UK
Business
Entertainment
Science/Nature
Technology
Health
-------------
Talking Point
-------------
Country Profiles
In Depth
-------------
Programmes
-------------
BBC Sport
BBC Weather
SERVICES
-------------
EDITIONS
Panorama
BBC staff hit by friendly fire
Friendly fire incident in northern Iraq
The television car on fire after the attack
The following is a statement released by the BBC on Sunday, 6 April, 2003.

On Sunday 6th April, in the latest incident of friendly fire, an American aircraft hit a convoy of American forces and Kurdish fighters in the north of Iraq killing and injuring many.

Travelling with the convoy was a BBC team including John Simpson and Panorama producer Tom Giles.

A Kurdish translator working with the BBC team was badly injured in the attack, and died shortly afterwards.

Kamaran Abdurazaq Muhamed had been with the BBC since mid March. He was 25 years old and unmarried.

Sympathies

Aftermath of friendly fire incident in northern Iraq
The wreckage of one of the convoy
The rest of the team sustained shrapnel wounds which were treated at the American military hospital in Arbil.

None has been detained. They were: Fred Scott camera; Dragan Petrovic fixer; Craig Summers safety adviser. There were also a fixer and two drivers in the BBC party. They too received minor injuries.

Our sympathies and our thoughts are with Kamaran's family. We are in contact with them, and are offering them all the support we can.

Links to more Panorama stories are at the foot of the page.


 E-mail this story to a friend

© BBC ^^ Back to top

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East |
South Asia | UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature |
Technology | Health | Talking Point | Country Profiles | In Depth |
Programmes