In a horrifying viral video, an Egyptian photographer named Ahmed Assem filmed footage of his own death after being shot by a sniper in Cairo, the scene of turmoil in the wake of the ouster of Egypt’s president Mohammed Morsi.
Assem, 26, was capturing video of protests outside the offices of the Egyptian Army in Cairo on Monday when he zoomed in to snipers on top of a wall. As the grainy footage from the camera rolls, one of the gunmen suddenly points his gun in Assem’s direction. The film ends, along with Assem’s life.
[WARNING: The video below contains graphic footage.]
According to The Telegraph, Assem was one of the estimated 51 people killed outside of the Egyptian army’s Republican Guard officers’ club in Cairo. Security forces reportedly open fired on the crowd gathered outside of where ousted President Mohammed Morsi was believed to be in detention. Assem was photographing for Egypt’s Al-Horia Wa Al-Adala, the official newspaper of the Freedom and Justice Party, on Monday.
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While the exact details of his death have yet to be verified, friends and family of Assem found the footage on the 26-year-old’s bloodied camera and believe that was the moment he was killed.
“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,” Ahmed Abu Zeid, an editor at Assem’s newspaper, told The Telegraph. “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."
Assem reportedly got footage from the scene in Cairo when the pro-Muslim Brotherhood protesters knelt for prayer during the ordeal on Monday. The footage, according to The Telegraph, has been showed at a Muslim Brotherhood press conference as evidence of the violence in Egypt’s capital.
“Ahmed’s camera will remain a piece of evidence in the violations that have been committed,” Abu Zeid said.
Assem was a graduate of Cairo University and has been working as a photographer for just three years.