CBS News says two members of a news crew, photojournalist Paul Douglas, 48, and soundman James Brolan, 42, were killed Monday in Iraq by a roadside car bomb, and correspondent Kimberly Dozier, 39, was seriously injured in the blast when their stopped convoy was attacked. A U.S. Army officer and an Iraqi interpreter were also killed in the Memorial Day bombing, and six U.S. soldiers were wounded, BBC News reports.
The journalists were traveling with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, when their convoy stopped in a neighborhood at an Iraqi Army checkpoint and they got out of their vehicle. It was then that the car bomb went off. CBS News says the journalists were wearing helmets, goggles, and flak jackets.
CBS News says the three were out on a short "routine" story covering U.S. troop activities on Memorial Day and they were only going to be out for a "few hours" so they could get back and edit in time for the evening news broadcast.
BBC News reports that Douglas and Brolan were British journalists working for CBS, and that Dozier, who holds dual US-British citizenship, previously worked for BBC World Service radio.
Dozier was seriously wounded in the attack and underwent two surgeries at a U.S. military hospital in Baghdad, CBS and AP reported. She was then flown to the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, a U.S. military hospital in Germany, for additional treatment for head and leg injuries. She is in critical condition, but doctors are cautiously optimistic about her prognosis, CBS says on their Web site. They report that surgeons removed shrapnel from her head, but that the bomb injuries to her lower body are the most serious. Dozier is based in Jerusalem for CBS and she has been reporting from Baghdad since 2003.
CBS News says Douglas had worked for them in many countries, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Rwanda, and Bosnia since the early 1990s, and that he is survived by a wife, Linda, two daughters, Kelly (29) and Joanne (26), and three grandchildren. Brolan was a freelancer who worked for CBS in Afghanistan and Iraq for the past year, and was a member of the CBS News team that received a 2006 Overseas Press Club award for their reporting on the Pakistan earthquake. CBS says he is survived by a wife, Geraldine, and two children, Sam (17) and Agatha (12).
The Committee to Protect Journalists says that 69 journalists have been killed in Iraq since the war’s beginning in 2003, not including Douglas and Brolan, along with 26 media support workers. By occupation, 21 of the 69 dead have been photojournalists, 37 reporters or editors, 7 producers, and 4 technicians.
The attack was among a slew of car and roadside bombs that left about three dozen people dead before noon on Monday, including one explosion that killed 10 people on a bus. Nearly all the attacks occurred in Baghdad, the Associated Press says.