ISTANBUL – A Syrian journalist who was shot in the Turkish city of Gaziantep in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group died from his wounds Tuesday, a close friend said.
Mohammed Zahir al-Sherqat died in a hospital in Gaziantep, near the Syrian border, according to his friend Barry Abdulattif, a Syrian activist. Sherqat, who worked for Halab Today TV, was shot in the neck from close range on Sunday while walking on a street. Friends told the AP that the journalist had received death threats as recently as two months ago from ISIS extremists. ISIS claimed the attack on Monday via the IS-affiliated Aamaq news agency, which said Sherqat “used to present anti-Islamic State programs.”