Four gunmen attacked a local television station headquarters north of Baghdad on Monday, killing five journalists, a police source told Al Jazeera.
The dead – four men and a woman – were Salaheddin television's chief news editor, a copy editor, a producer, a presenter and the archives manager, police officers said. Five other employees were wounded.
Two of the attackers blew themselves up, and security forces killed the other two when they stormed the building.
Al Jazeera's Imran Khan, reporting from Erbil, said it was not clear if the journalists were executed or killed during the crossfire.
"This is the first time that we are seeing an attack so brazen on such a civilian target," Khan said. "It's really a cause for concern here in Iraq."