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Iraq journalist survives assassination attempt near Baghdad

The assassination attempt on Hassan’s life came 24 hours after the assassination of prominent civilian activist, Ihab Al-Wazni, in the city of Karbala. Al-Wazni was one of the most prominent activists calling for an end to Iran’s influence in the country.

Prominent Iraqi journalist Ahmed Hassan has survived an assassination attempt in Diwaniyah but will remain in intensive care for at least two weeks, a Baghdad hospital said.

Unknown gunmen shot Hassan, who works as a reporter for the Iraqi TV channel Al-Furat, several times as he arrived home near Diwaniyah at around 1:00 am local time yesterday (Sunday 22:00GMT).

Hospital spokesman Mohammed Mouyed said Ahmed Hassan has undergone brain surgery and was transferred to intensive care "where he will be kept under constant surveillance for a critical period of two weeks".

The assassination attempt on Hassan's life came 24 hours after the assassination of prominent civilian activist, Ihab Al-Wazni, in the city of Karbala. Al-Wazni was one of the most prominent activists calling for an end to Iran's influence in the country.

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