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Photographer’s death captured on own camera

Footage by photographer Ahmed Assem appears to show Egyptian military firing directly at his camera before he died.

The grainy film captures the soldier as he shoots from his vantage point on top of the yellow stone building. He fires more than once and then, suddenly, turns the rifle and points toward the camera lens. Ahmed’s camera will remain a piece of evidence in the violations that have been committed

The film ends – and so too, apparently, ended the life of Ahmed Samir Assem.
The 26-year-old photographer for Egypt’s Al-Horia Wa Al-Adala newspaper was among at least 51 people killed when security forces opened fire on a large crowd that had camped outside the Egyptian army’s Republican Guard officers’ club in Cairo, where Mohammed Mursi, the deposed president, was believed to be in detention.

Mr Assem had been on the scene as the pro-Muslim Brotherhood protesters knelt for prayer shortly before dawn on Monday.

According to friends and relatives, the moment of his own death was captured as the grainy film culminates.
News of Mr Assem’s death filtered through after his bloodied camera and mobile phone were found at the site of the makeshift camp.

“At around 6am, a man came into the media centre with a camera covered in blood and told us that one of our colleagues had been injured,” said Ahmed Abu Zeid, the culture editor of Mr Assem’s newspaper, who was working from a facility set up next to the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque, about a mile away.

“Around an hour later, 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.”

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