09/26/2012 09:34 am ET Updated Sep 26, 2012

Maya Naser, Press TV Correspondent, Killed In Syria

Maya Naser, a correspondent for Iran's Press TV network, was killed while reporting on-air in Syria, the network said Wednesday.

Al Jazeera reported that Naser was shot through the neck by snipers when he and Hossein Mortada, Press TV's Damascus bureau chief, were covering recent explosions at the army's headquarters in Umayyad Square. Mortada, who is wounded, was shot in the leg.

A statement from Press TV said that "armed terrorists" drove up in cars, while additional snipers shot at the square from the roofs of surrounding buildings. The network spoke out about the tragedy, promising action against Naser's killers.

Speaking on-air, news director Hamid Reza Emadi said that Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar were "responsible for the killing of Maya" because they "provide militants weapons to kill civilians, military personnel and journalists."

"Press TV will be pursuing the matter of the murder of Maya and will not let those who killed our correspondent feel like they can kill media people and get away with it," he said.



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