Algerian journalist recovering after being shot in the head by Daesh (ISIS) group sniper, declaring her conversion to Shia Islam.
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Algerian journalist recovering after being shot in the head by Daesh (ISIS) group sniper, declaring her conversion to Shia Islam and renouncing her ties to Algeria.
The footage of Samira Mouaki has prompted her family to demand Baghdad return her back to Algeria to continue her recovery.
"I will stay here in Iraq because I am no longer a Sunni. I have become a Shia," Mouaki said in a video circulated widely on social media.
"I am the daughter of Hussein and he was a Shia. I am proud of this," she adds, referring to the Prophet Mohammed's grandson and the third Shia Imam.
It is unclear who filmed the footage of the recovering reporter.
Earlier this month, Mouaki was critically injured by Daesh sniper fire near Tal Afar, west of Mosul, while covering advances by Iraqi forces on the contested city.
Health officials said on Sunday that the journalist had awoken from a coma "fully recovered" and was ready to resume reporting on the frontline, according to local media.
The Echourouk journalist had been embedded with Shia militias known as the Hashd al-Sha'abi, or Popular Mobilisation Forces, at the time of the attack.
She was transported by plane to a hospital in Baghdad for treatment.