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Parents of US journalist killed in South Sudan 'devastated'

AP , Wednesday 30 Aug 2017
South Sudan
U.S. Consul Denise Knapp, center, speaks to the media, accompanied by South Sudanese army officials and ministry of foreign affairs representatives, after the body of killed American journalist Christopher Allen was officially handed over to the U.S. embassy, at a mortuary in the capital Juba, South Sudan Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017. The 28-year-old freelance journalist was killed Saturday amid fighting between government and rebel forces near the Ugandan border. (photo:AP)
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The Committee to Protect Journalists is calling for an independent investigation into the killing of an American freelance journalist in South Sudan.

In a separate statement to The Associated Press, the parents of 26-year-old Christopher Allen say they are devastated and say their son "passionately sought the truth from every perspective."

Allen was shot dead over the weekend in fighting between government forces and rebels. South Sudan's government says there was no indication Allen was a journalist and that he entered the country illegally.

The opposition says Allen was embedded with its fighters and was targeted when government troops saw him taking photos.

The Committee to Protect Journalists says it is "deeply troubled" by South Sudan's comments and wants those responsible for Allen's death to be "held to account."

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