AMSTERDAM — A sniper fatally shot a Dutch photojournalist on Sunday in the Libyan city of Sirte, ISIL’s last bastion in the chaos-wracked North African country.
Jeroen Oerlemans, who had been abducted and wounded while working in Syria in 2012, was killed while accompanying mine-clearing teams in the part of the city that has been freed from ISIL control, according to fellow journalist Joanie de Rijke. They were reporting together for the Belgian publication Knack.
The Dutch ambassador to Libya, Eric Strating, tweeted: “Rest in Peace. Your photographs of #Sirte #Libya and other places will live on forever.”
Foreign Minister Bert Koenders said in a statement that “Oerlemans is a journalist who kept going where others stopped. Driven to put the news into pictures in the world’s hotspots. It is profoundly sad that he has now paid the ultimate price for this.”