Australian journalist hurt in Marawi to undergo surgery

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 16 2017 07:44 AM | Updated as of Jun 16 2017 12:05 PM

MANILA - An Australian journalist who was hit by a bullet while covering fighting in Marawi City was flown to the capital to have the ammunition removed, he said on his Twitter account.

Adam Harvey of the Australian Broadcasting Corp said doctors recognized from his X-ray that the bullet was from an M16 assault rifle.

"I've been flown to Manila for surgery to remove the bullet," Adam Harvey from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) said in a tweet posted Friday.

"Lucky... Bullet is still in my neck, but it missed everything important," Harvey said in earlier tweets.

Harvey is the first journalist hurt in nearly a month of fighting between government forces and Maute extremists that has led to the declaration of martial law in the entire Mindanao

A colleague said Harvey sustained the injury while photographing children playing in the Lanao del Sur provincial capitol compound on Thursday.

Harvey removed his bullet-proof vest so he could squat and take better photos.