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Iraqi missile kills 2 European journalists

Julio Anguita Parrado
Julio Anguita Parrado

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MADRID, Spain (CNN) -- Spanish journalist Julio Anguita Parrado was killed south of Baghdad Monday in an Iraqi missile attack while traveling with the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Division, his Madrid newspaper, El Mundo, announced on its Web site.

The attack also killed two soldiers and one other journalist -- identified by El Mundo as German photographer Christian Liebig -- and wounded 15 soldiers, some seriously.

Anguita Parrado was the son of the former leader of Spain's Communist-led United Left coalition, Julio Anguita Gonzalez, whose party has been staunchly opposed to the war.

El Mundo, a nationally distributed newspaper, said Anguita Parrado worked as its New York correspondent and had been traveling with the 3rd Infantry as it moved from Kuwait to the southern edge of Baghdad.

He was about 15 kilometers (9 miles) from the capital when the missile attack struck, the newspaper said.

Anguita Parrado was born in Cordoba, Spain, in 1971.

El Mundo said seven Spanish war correspondents have died since 1980. El Mundo reporter Julio Fuentes was killed during the war in Afghanistan in November 2001.

Meanwhile, two Polish reporters were missing Monday after being abducted at an Iraqi checkpoint near Hilla, about 100 km (60 miles) south of Baghdad, according to one of their editors.

Marlin Firlej, a correspondent with the private TVN24 news channel, and Polish state radio reporter Jacek Kaczmarek were travelling to Najaf with other Polish journalists when their three-car convoy encountered the checkpoint about 5 km from the main road, TVN24 editor Alexandra Karasimska told CNN.

She said the journalists in the other two cars were able to escape and find a U.S. Marine unit in the area.

Karasimska said that as the journalists escaped, they heard gunfire and saw Firlej and Kaczmarek holding their hands up in the air.

She said it was unclear how the group got off of the main road.

-- CNN Madrid Bureau Chief Al Goodman contributed to this report.


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