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Jeroen Oerlemans, Dutch Photojournalist, Killed by ISIS Sniper

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This picture taken on Oct. 26, 2008, shows Dutch journalist Jeroen Oerlemans posing for a photograph as he sits atop an Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) while on assignment at Tarin Kot in the southern Afghan province of Uruzgan. (Bas Czerwinski/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 04 Oct 2016 06:17 AM

Jeroen Oerlemans, a Dutch photojournalist, was killed by an ISIS sniper Sunday in Sirte, Libya.

The 45-year-old photographer was a accompanying mine-clearing teams when he was shot, The Associated Press reported.

He is survived by a wife and three small children and was scheduled to return home Monday, the AP said.

Joanie de Rijke, a journalist who was working with Oerlemans for the Belgian publication Knack, told the AP that Oerlemans was wearing a bulletproof vest and helmet and was clearly identifiable as a journalist when he was shot in the side. The bullet passed through an opening in his vest and hit his heart.

"We were standing on the frontline," she said. "There was heavy fighting going on."

Oerlemans was kidnapped in Syria in 2012 and held for a week before Syrian opposition fighters freed him.

At the time of his death, Oerlemans was covering the government-led attack against ISIS jihadists, The Independent reported.

ISIS took control of Sirte last year, and forces allied with Libya's U.N.-backed Government of National Accord launched an assault against ISIS in May. Eight fighters also were killed Sunday and 50 were injured, the Libyan Express reported. Additionally, 10 ISIS terrorists were killed in Sunday's fighting, according to the publication.

 

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