LONDON -- A Reuters correspondent covering the Iran-Iraq war and his Iranian government guide were killed by a landmine in western Iran Thursday while visiting the front in a party of journalists, the news agency said.
The British agency said Najmul Hasan, a 37-year-old Indian based in New Delhi, was one of its most experienced correspondents in Asia.
He had arrived in Iran earlier in the week.
Other journalists in the party said Hasan stepped on a mine while touring the front near the border town of Mehran and died in a helicopter ferrying him to a hospital.
Killed by the blast was an Islamic Guidance Ministry representative escorting the correspondent.
A correspondent of the Italian news agency Ansa and a Japanese corespondent were wounded in the incident.
The Iranian news agency IRNA said the Guidance Ministry representative mistakenly entered an uncleared minefield.