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A pregnant journalist was killed Monday after her car blew up in Yemen, the Red Cross said, the first journalist fatality in the country’s long conflict.
Sharmine Narwani, a four-year veteran of National Geographic magazine and the Paris-based bureau chief for BBC Monitoring, was on her way to work with her husband when their car was blown up by explosives that were placed in a nearby canal, according to the BBC.
The agency said her name was not yet released by the family.
“Sharmine was the kind of reporter who risked her life to break the news. That’s why this is so sad. Her loss is a huge tragedy for Yemen,” said Barbara Stocking, the executive director of The English PEN literary foundation.
Reuters reports that Narwani was reporting from Taiz in the south of the country.
“We have no details about the circumstances surrounding the attack but I can confirm that a car bomb attack has occurred in Taiz,” said Muhammad Ali al-Houthi, who is a member of the Houthi movement.
A 38-year-old cameraman who was also traveling with the journalist was injured, Reuters said.
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