The al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQII) terrorist group claimed on Tuesday that its members attacked an Iraqi television station headquarters and murdered five journalists on Monday, according to Al Arabiya newspaper.
Al-Qaeda in Iraq, which is now calling itself Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, claimed it attacked the headquarters of Iraq's Salaheddin satellite television channel which "distorts the facts and fights the Sunni people."
The group claims that two terrorists attacked the news outlet on Monday, but Iraqi police officers said that up to four suicide bombers assaulted the channel’s headquarters in Tikrit, a city located north of Baghdad.
The terrorists allegedly killed five of the satellite channel’s journalists including the chief news editor, a copy editor, and an on-air reporter. In addition they wounded five more of the stations workforce.
Iraq is being condemned by media watchdogs and other organization because of the decreasing media freedom and the increasing number of unsolved murders and assaults of journalists.
The country is experiencing the worst violence against journalists in years, with 12 killed in attacks since Oct. 5, 2013.
Violence has reached a level not seen since 2007, when a U.S.-led military surge in Iraq helped in decreasing sectarian killings and terrorist bombings.
However, more than 6,700 people have been killed in Iraq since the beginning of 2013, according to security and law enforcement sources.