A car bomb exploded in front Al-Arabiya's Baghdad bureau, killing Ali
Adnan, a security guard; Hassan Alwan, an engineer; kitchen staff members
Ramziya Moushee and Alahin Hussein; and Nabil Hussein, a gardener. Al-Arabiya
said 14 other bureau employees, among them five journalists, were wounded in the
blast. The bureau, in the upscale Mansour neighborhood, was used by two other
Saudi-owned news stations-the satellite channel Al-Akhbariya and Al-Arabiya's
sister channel, Middle East Broadcasting (MBC).
Al-Arabiya's Web site reported Sunday that a previously unknown group
calling itself the "Jihad Martyrs Brigades" claimed responsibility for the
attack in a statement posted on the Internet. The statement called Saturday's
attack "just a warning" and threatened more attacks on Al-Arabiya and other
media outlets in Iraq. The statement's authenticity could not be independently
Earlier, a group calling itself the 1920 Brigades said it had carried out
the attack, but Al-Arabiya later reported that the same group denied
responsibility in a recorded tape.
About 35 staffers were meeting on the first floor when the bomb exploded
directly outside the bureau's front entrance. The blast, which took place in a
neighborhood that also houses Iraqi officials and government buildings, left a
large crater in the street outside and collapsed the building's first floor,
causing a fire.
Al-Arabiya's Web site reported that the station has received numerous
threats from those describing themselves as supporters of "Abu Musab al-Zarqawi"
protesting its coverage, and demanding that the station support the "jihad"
against the U.S occupation and Iraqi government.
Media Support Worker: In 2003, CPJ began documenting the deaths of vital media employees such as translators, drivers, fixers, and administrative workers.