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Taliban bomb slays British journalist and US occupier: Nawa, Helmand Province

The defence correspondent for the Sunday Mirror newspaper has been killed in an explosion in Afghanistan, the UK's Ministry of Defence has said.

Rupert Hamer was one of two Mirror journalists embedded with the US Marine Corps when their vehicle hit an improvised bomb near Nawa, in Helmand.

Mr Hamer's colleague, photographer Philip Coburn, is in a serious but stable condition.

A US Marine and an Afghan soldier were also killed in the blast.

Four US Marines were seriously injured.

A former commander of British forces in Afghanistan, Col Richard Kemp, said Mr Hamer had worked very closely with the military.

He said: "You won't hear a bad word said about him. He was extremely well liked and well respected as a journalist, he was fearless in his reporting, he wouldn't let anybody off the hook easily, but he also understood the way the military worked.

"He had great


Added: Jan-10-2010 
By: Mr-Creosote
Afghanistan, Middle East
Tags: Afghanistan, Taliban, Freedom Fighters, Bombing, IED,
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