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Sunday Times journalist Marie Colvin andFrench photographer Remi Ochlik killed in Syria

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marie-colvin-230THE Sunday Times reporter Marie Colvin has been killed in Syria's besieged city of Homs.

The award-winning American writer was one of two Western journalists who died after shells hit a house where they had taken shelter.

  French photographer Remi Ochlik, 28, was also killed as the pair tried to flee.  

 US-born Ms Colvin was familiar to millions of newspaper readers and TV viewers for wearing a black eye patch after losing her left eye to shrapnel while reporting from war-torn Sri Lanka in 2001.  

 Only hours before her death she had appeared on Channel 4 and ITN's News at Ten reporting the bombardment of the opposition stronghold of Homs by forces loyal to Syrian president Bashar Assad.

Claims surfaced that Syrian forces may have murdered the journalists after pledging to kill "any journalist who set foot on Syrian soil".

Communications were intercepted revealing orders to target the press centre where Ms Colvin had been broadcasting.   Ms Colvin used a web forum to make what is believed to be her last post on Tuesday echoing her BBC piece.

She said: "I think the reports of my survival may be exaggerated" and added "In Baba Amr. Sickening, cannot understand how the world can stand by and I should be hardened by now. Watched a baby die today. Shrapnel, doctors could do nothing. His little tummy just heaved and heaved until he stopped. Feeling helpless. As well as cold! Will keep trying to get out the information."   US born Ms Colvin was the only reporter from a British newspaper in the city, a leading focus of unrest in the 11-month uprising.  

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