Rupert Hamer, Journalist killed in blast in Afghanistan
A British journalist, Rupert Hamer, 39, embedded with the U.S. Marines in Helmand Province, Afghanistan was killed after the vehicle they were riding in struck an IED.
Rupert Hamer worked for Britain's Sunday Mirror. A week ago Michelle Lang, a journalist with the Calgary Herald was killed by an IED in Kandahar City.
Rupert Hamer, who was embedded with U.S. Forces, was accompanying a patrol to the north west of Nawa in Helmand province. Rupert Hamer had only been in Afghanistan for one week. He was to remain there for one month.
A photographer, traveling with Hamer, Philip Coburn, 43, was injured during the blast. Colburn remains in serious but stable condition. A U.S. soldier and a member of the Afghan National Army were also killed during the attack. Four other Marines were injured.
A Rupert Hamer RIP Facebook Group has been established.
LONDON (Reuters) - A journalist for Britain's Sunday Mirror has been killed in an explosion in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence said Sunday.
It said Rupert Hamer, who was embedded with the U.S. Marine Corps, was accompanying a petrol to the north-west of Nawa in Helmand province when the vehicle he was in struck an improvised explosive device.
A Sunday Mirror photographer, Philip Coburn, was wounded in the attack and remains in a stable but serious condition, the MOD said.
One U.S. Marine and a member of the Afghan National Army were also killed in the explosion.
"Rupert believed that the only place to report a war was from the front line, and as our defence correspondent he wanted to be embedded with the U.S. marines at the start of their vital surge into southern Afghanistan," Sunday Mirror Editor Tina Weaver said in a statement.
Hamer is survived by his wife Helen and three young children, the paper said.
British Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth said Hamer and Coburn accompanied him on his most recent trip to Afghanistan and that he was "impressed by their hard work and professionalism.
"My thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the families, friends and colleagues of both men at this extremely distressing time," Ainsworth said.
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