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Three journalists missing in Iraq

Terry Lloyd
ITN's Terry Lloyd is missing, along with two colleagues

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CNN reporters Nic Robertson and Rym Brahimi and producer Ingrid Formanek describe the circumstances of their departure from Baghdad, Iraq.
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LONDON, England (CNN) -- British television reporter Terry Lloyd and two crew members are missing after they came under fire while driving towards Basra in southern Iraq.

A fourth crew member, Daniel Demoustier, was injured in the incident at Iman Anas, near Basrabut, but was able to get to safety.

He was not able to see what happened to Lloyd, who works for Independent Television News (ITN), or crew members Fred Nerac and Hussein Osman.

The U.S. Army says it has received reports of at least four incidents involving members of the news media who came under Iraqi fire after sneaking across the border from Kuwait to Iraq.

The incidents appear to have resulted in at least three serious injuries or deaths, a spokesman for the U.S. Army said. (Fears for journalists)

In a statement Saturday, ITN said they were still missing and everything was being done to locate them.

They had been driving in two vehicles when they came under fire. British and Iraqi forces were in the area at the time.

The statement added coalition and Iraqi military sources had been unable to confirm the TV crew's whereabouts.

The U.S. Army has said it has received reports of at least four members of the news media calling for assistance after coming under fire.

"The windows (of the car) were exploding, things were exploding in the car. In a split second I saw the right door, near where my colleague had been, was no longer there anymore," Demoustier said.

"I sincerely hope he managed to jump out.

"The car went into a ditch about 250 meters further ... I jumped out into a ditch. Then the car blew up completely."

In a separate incident in Halabjah, northern Iraq, an Australian cameraman working for his country's ABC network was killed Saturday when a suicide bomber blew up his vehicle at a checkpoint. (Full story)

Expelled CNN reporters arrive in Jordan

Meanwhile, CNN's four-person team in Baghdad arrived safely in Jordan Saturday afternoon one day after being expelled by the Iraqi government.

CNN correspondents Nic Robertson and Rym Brahimi, executive producer Ingrid Formanek and cameraman Brian Puchaty were ordered out of Baghdad by the Iraqi government as the situation in the Iraqi capital became more intense.

Iraqi officials expressed concern that they were not getting their message out, Formanek said.

Robertson was shadowed by Iraqi government officials as he reported on bombing in Baghdad Thursday. The official limited what Robertson could report and took the tape from Puchaty's camera.

"I think our expulsion ... points to the increasing stress and pressure being put on the Iraqi leadership," Robertson said. "And that is only going to increase."

Brahimi said that before they left Baghdad, the Ministry of Information took the few remaining journalists to a hospital to see people injured during the first two days of coalition bombing.

Brahimi said the journalists did not feel that their lives were in danger -- either in Baghdad or on the road to Jordan.

"We did become aware that we were in a totally different ballgame," she said. "There was a different set of rules. A difference set of references. There was very little nudge in there to maneuver."


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