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Two CNN Staffers Die in Iraq Ambush

Two Cable News Network employees were killed and a third wounded in Iraq Tuesday afternoon when the cars they were traveling in were fired upon, CNN.com (www.cnn.com) reported.

The CNN staffers were returning to Baghdad in a two-car convoy from an assignment in the southern city of Hillah when they were ambushed on the outskirts of town, CNN.com said.

Translator and producer Duraid Isa Mohammed and driver Yasser Khatab died of multiple gunshot wounds. Cameraman Scott McWhinnie, in another vehicle, was grazed in the head by a bullet, CNN.com added.

Correspondent Michael Holmes, producer Shirley Hung, a security adviser and a second driver were traveling with McWhinnie and were not hurt.

"This is very, very disturbing," CNN International managing director Chris Cramer told AP. "This was a premeditated terrorist attack."