Egyptian photographer captures moment sniper turns on him

News Brief — July 11, 2013

Footage has emerged which suggests a journalist captured his own death at the hands of Egyptian army snipers on camera.

Ahmed Samir Assem, a 26-year-old photojournalist, was killed on Monday along with 51 others during protests in Cairo. He was shot while taking pictures outside the Republican Guard building, where ousted president Mohamed Morsi is believed to be being held.

In the footage shot by Assem, the sniper can clearly be seen targeting protesters below, before pointing the gun directly at the camera.

Later Mr Assem’s bloodied camera and mobile phone were found at the scene of the shooting.

The culture editor of Mr Assem’s newspaper Ahmed Abu Zeid, told The Telegraph: “I received news that Ahmed had been shot by a sniper in the forehead while filming or taking pictures on top of the buildings around the incident.

“Ahmed’s camera was the only one which filmed the entire incident from the first moment.

“He had started filming from the beginning of the prayers so he captured the very beginnings and in the video, you can see tens of victims. Ahmed’s camera will remain a piece of evidence in the violations that have been committed.”

The video said to have been recorded by Mr Assem is now being touted as evidence of the massacre in Cairo.

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