A CBS News cameraman and soundman were killed and a correspondent was seriously injured Monday after their U.S. military convoy was struck by a roadside bomb in Iraq, the network said.
Veteran cameraman Paul Douglas, 48, and soundman James Brolan, 42, were killed, said Kelli Edwards, a CBS News spokeswoman. Correspondent Kimberly Dozier, 39, was in critical condition at a U.S. military hospital in Baghdad after undergoing surgery.
CBS did not release any additional information about her injuries but said doctors were cautiously optimistic about her prognosis.
"Our deepest sympathy goes out to the families of Paul and James, and we are hoping and praying for a complete recovery by Kimberly," CBS News President Sean McManus said in a statement.
CBS News reported on its Web site that the three journalists were covering American troops for Memorial Day while with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.
The journalists had gotten out of their armored vehicle after a "curious incident," CBS said. A nearby car packed with explosives then detonated, the network said.
Douglas and Brolan died at the scene. All three journalists were believed to have been wearing their protective gear at the time, CBS said.
The three were reporting on patrol with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, when their convoy was hit by an improvised explosive device, CBS said.
It was one of eight blasts in Iraq that killed at least 33 people and wounded dozens in the worst wave of violence to hit Baghdad in days, reports AP.
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