Japanese journalist killed in Aleppo shelling: activists

BEIRUT Mon Aug 20, 2012 5:44pm EDT

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BEIRUT (Reuters) - A Japanese woman journalist died of wounds sustained in Aleppo on Tuesday, a Syrian activist group said in a statement.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said she had been injured in the Suleimaniya district of Aleppo, which it said had been the scene of heavy clashes.

It also said that a Lebanese journalist, a Turkish journalist and an Arab journalist, whose nationality it did not identify, had disappeared in Aleppo.

It was not possible to independently verify the account.

YouTube showed video that activists said was the Japanese journalist's body at a makeshift hospital.

Japan's foreign ministry said it was trying to confirm the reports that a Japanese journalist had been killed, TV Asahi reported.

No further details were available.

(Reporting by Beirut and Tokyo newsrooms; Editing by Louise Ireland)