Japanese reporter covering hostage swap in Turkey killed in car accident

Published 29.01.2015 19:17
Updated 30.01.2015 10:16

Kazumi Takaya, a reporter for Japan's Fuji TV, and her Turkish driver were killed in a car accident on Thursday in Turkey's southeastern province of Şanlıurfa, where she had travelled to cover developments on the Turkish-Syrian border as Japan is awaiting the release of a hostage captured in Syria by ISIS.

A vehicle carrying Takaya and her driver crashed into a truck while travelling along Şanlıurfa-Akçakale highway. The driver died at the scene, Takaya was taken to a nearby hospital but died from her wounds.

A large group of journalists, many of whom are Japanese, have been waiting at Turkey's Akçakale border gate – a border crossing with Syria – for a possible hostage swap after an audio message purportedly from a Japanese journalist held by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) said a Jordanian air force pilot also captured by the group would be killed unless a woman jailed in Jordan was released by sunset on Thursday.

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