Toronto freelance journalist killed in Syria

Ali Mustafa

Ali Mustafa

ANGELA HENNESSY, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:19 AM ET

TORONTO -- A city-based freelance journalist was killed in Syria on Sunday during a government attack on a rebel-held area of Allepo.

Ali Mustafa, 29, was killed along with seven others after a Syrian government aircraft dropped two explosive-filled containers in an area that has been under heavy attack.

Mustafa had been covering events in Syria to provide a first-hand account for North Americans, something many journalists are not able or willing to do.

His sister, Justina Rose Botelho, confirmed his death after she was shown a picture of Mustafa's corpse by activists who had been in the area.

Members of his family -- also living in Toronto -- had no idea he was in Syria. They say they had spoken to him last week and that he had been in Turkey.



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