Reuters shocked by photographer's death

Khasanov was killed while covering the Victory Day celebrations






A Reuters journalist died in Chechnya on Sunday after being caught in the bomb blast that killed the country’s president.

Adlan Khasanov, a 33-year-old Chechen who had worked as a photographer and television cameraman for the agency since the Nineties, was killed while covering the Victory Day celebrations in the capital, Grozny.

He was taking photographs near President Akhmad Kadyrov when the bomb exploded.

Reuters held a one-minute silence for him on Tuesday. Chief executive Tom Glocer paid tribute by saying Khasanov’s death “reminds us that the risks faced by Reuters journalists are not confined to Iraq but extend to wherever conflict is a part of everyday life”.

Reuters editor-in-chief Geert Linnebank said: “We are shocked and dismayed at the news of Adlan’s death.

He was a fine journalist, working with dedication and great courage in often dangerous conditions. He was also a delightful man. Adlan will be greatly missed by his colleagues.”

Khasanov’s death followed the killing last week of two Polish television journalists in Iraq. Waldemar Milewicz and Polish-Algerian Munir Buamran, both working for Polish public TV station TVP, were shot on 7 May in Latifiya, south of Baghdad.

By Wale Azeez

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