MANILA - A foreign journalist now considers himself "lucky" after surviving an alleged sniper bullet while in a supposedly safe location in war-torn Marawi City.
"Thanks everyone - I'm okay. Bullet is still in my neck, but it missed everything important," Adam Harvey of Australian Broadcasting Corporation said in a tweet Thursday, hours after it was reported that he was shot while at the provincial capitol.
Harvey even posted an x-ray photo showing a bullet lodged in his neck.
Earlier, a colleague said Harvey was photographing children playing in the compound when they heard several gunshots.
The foreign journalist earlier removed his bullet proof vest so he could squat and take better photos.
The capitol, located far from the conflict areas, was considered the safest place in the city, where government agencies converged and where journalists were stationed.
But regional military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jo-ar Herrera said the capitol was still within the line of sight of the terrorists, the reason why some of the bullets may have reached the vicinity.
"The direction of bullets -- if you will see the map -- the direction of the bullets coming from the enemy is towards the vicinity of the capitol and the 103rd brigade," he said after being asked if it was possible that a sniper bullet hit the foreign reporter.
-- With a report from Chiara Zambrano, ABS-CBN News