Muthanna Abdul Hussein and Khaled Abdel Thamer, cameramen for the Al Iraqia television network, were killed in an explosion at a security checkpoint near the city of Hilla, some 70 km south of Baghdad. The International Federation of Journalists, citing reports from the affiliated Iraqi Journalists Syndicate, said the cameramen were in the city to cover the distribution of voting cards. The independent National Iraqi News Agency reported that Hussein and Thamer were among the dozens of casualties from what it described as a suicide car bombing. The news agency quoted an Al Iraqia manager in Babylon as confirming that both men died in the March 9 attack.