Anadolu Agency journalist killed in Syria suicide bombing
ALEPPO, Syria – Anadolu Agency
AA PhotosAnadolu Agency photojournalist Saleh Mahmoud Laila was killed in a suicide car bomb attack in Syria on Oct. 8.
Local civil defense sources indicate the attack in the opposition-held town of Hraytan, north of Aleppo, was carried out by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
The explosion of a bomb-laden vehicle at a marketplace killed 20 while wounding dozens, sources added.
Laila, 27, had survived an airstrike by regime forces last July in Aleppo’s al-Zahraa neighborhood, suffering multiple burns.
He was sent to Turkey for treatment but later returned to Aleppo to continue covering the conflict.
Laila’s photos documenting the Syrian civil war have been published by major media outlets.
The 27-year-old journalist had a pregnant wife.
Syria is considered one of the deadliest countries for journalists, with at least 84 reporters killed since the conflict began in 2011, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.