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A Reuters correspondent covering the Iran-Iraq war and his...

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.

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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.

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