Suspected Islamist assassins in Mosul, Iraq, murdered a television newswoman in a hail of bullets on Sunday morning. Her killing makes this the sixth time since September that terrorists have targeted and killed a journalist. Besides news reporter Nawras al-Nuaimi, 18 other people were killed by suspected terrorists on Sunday, according to counterterrorism and organized crime analyst John Kubitzan.
The on-air reporter, Nawras al-Nuaimi, was shot dead by the gunmen outside of her residence located in Mosul, al-Mosuliyah TV said.
Mosul is populated by mostly Sunni Arabs and is considered one of the most dangerous cities in the Middle East, with radical Muslims regularly attacking businesses or extorting money from shopkeepers, said Kubitzan.
"The radical Muslims in Mosul act more like the Italian mob 'Black Hand' in the early 1900's in New York City -- a gang that primarily extorted money in what was known as the protection racket -- than they do al-Qaeda," according to Kubitzan.
In the deadliest terrorist attack on Sunday, several bombs exploded near a Shiite family’s house in the Khanaqin area of Diyala province, killing a man, his wife and their three children, police said. In addition, bombings perpetrated in mostly Shiite neighborhoods in Baghdad killed another nine civilians and wounded 30 others.
The killing of the 29-year-old news reporter, Nawras al-Nuaimi, was the latest assassination of a journalist in the crumbling nation of Iraq, according to several intelligence analysts.
Iraq is repeatedly blasted for its record on media freedom and it's ranked number one by the Committee to Protect Journalists, a group known for tracking the unsolved homicides of journalists.
More than 6,450 people have been killed in violence since the beginning of the year, according to security sources.
Most of these bombings and shootings are being perpetrated by al-Qaeda in Iraq, a group that also calls itself the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), according to Kubitzan.