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Kotaro Ogawa, Nikkan Gendai
27 May 2004

Two Japanese freelance journalists, Shinsuke Hashida, 61, and his nephew Kotaro Ogawa, 33, and their Iraqi interpreter were killed on 27 May 2004 in an attack on the road between Mahmoudiya and Latifiya, 30 km south of Baghdad. Hashida was an experienced war correspondent.

They had just left the Japanese military base in the town of Samawa, south of Baghdad, and were heading towards the capital when their vehicle was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade fired by an armed group. The vehicle caught fired and exploded.