Dutch photojournalist killed in Libya’s Sirte

Published October 3rd, 2016 - 02:00 GMT
Award-winning Dutch photographer Jeroen Oerlemans. (File photo)
Award-winning Dutch photographer Jeroen Oerlemans. (File photo)

A prominent Dutch photo journalist has been killed in Libya while covering clashes in the city of Sirte.

Jeroen Oerlemans was reportedly shot dead by an Daesh sniper on Sunday.

In 2012, he was kidnapped and wounded in Syria, but freed a week later. The 45-year-old's death comes amid intense fighting in the Libyan coastal city.

Backed by US air strikes, forces aligned to the country's UN backed government in Tripoli have been battling to recapture the Daesh bastion since May.

Along with the Dutch journalist, at least 10 fighters from the jihadist group and eight government troops were killed in Sirte on Sunday.


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