Australian journalist shot in Marawi

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An X-ray showing the bullet in Mr Harvey’s neck. AFP

MARAWI (AFP) – An Australian television journalist was shot in the neck yesterday as he reported from a southern Philippine city where Islamist militants are battling government troops, but he did not suffer major injuries.
 
Adam Harvey, a reporter for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, wrote on Twitter: “Lucky”, alongside an image of an X-ray showing the bullet lodged in his neck, close to his spine. 
 
“Thanks everyone – I’m okay. Bullet is still in my neck, but it missed everything important,” he said in another Twitter post.
 
Mr Harvey was inside the provincial capital compound where local and foreign journalists have congregated during the more than three weeks of fighting, the government’s crisis management committee spokesman, Zia Alonto Adiong, said.
 
Although the compound is secured by the military, it is only about two kilometres from the pockets of the city that the gunmen control.
 
“I want to appeal to everyone you should be very careful because in our assessment the vicinity of the 103rd [military camp], the vicinity of the capital is within the line of sight of the enemy,” local military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Jo-ar Herrera told reporters in the compound after the shooting incident.
 
Mr Harvey was taken to the nearby city of Iligan for medical treatment.

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