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French journalist succumbs to wounds in Iraq

June 20, 2017 at 9:28 am

French journalist Stephane Villeneuve has died after an explosion in Mosul, Iraq [Twitter]

French journalist Stephane Villeneuve has died in Iraq after succumbing to wounds suffered in an explosion in Mosul earlier this week, the French foreign ministry said today.

The mine explosion killed Iraqi journalist Bakhtiyar Haddad and left reporter Veronique Robert wounded, while another freelance reporter suffered minor injuries.

Read: Daesh is using 100,000 civilians as human sheilds in Mosul

The Iraqi government launched an attack on Daesh’s last stronghold in Iraq, Mosul, in October last year. Since then the group has been using the Old City of Mosul’s narrow alleys to fight back. There have also been reports that fighters have been using civilians as human shields.