Halab Today TV presenter Mohammed Zahir al-Sherqat died on April 12, 2016 from injuries he suffered when he was shot in the neck two days earlier while walking on a street in Gaziantep, in southeast Turkey near the border with Syria. The Associated Press (AP) reported that the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack, with the group saying via the affiliated Aamaq news agency that Sherqat “used to present anti-Islamic State programs”. Sherqat fled Syria for Turkey in 2015 after surviving an assassination attempt and Islamic State group militants had threatened him with death in the months preceding his killing.