Photos show 'death' of Japanese man in Burma
By Matthew Moore
Last Updated: 1:14pm BST 27/09/2007
These extraordinary pictures from Rangoon, the Burmese capital, appear to show the death of a Japanese photographer during the regime's crackdown against pro-democracy protesters.
The first image shows a prone photographer - apparently injured - taking pictures of fleeing protesters as government troops approach.
A soldier stands over him, pointing a gun at his chest.
In the second image, apparently taken just moments later, the photographer lies
flat on the floor, his mouth contorted in pain. The soldier has moved on.
The Japanese Embassy in Rangoon later announced it had been informed of the death of one of its citizens. Officials were heading to a hospital to confirm the report.
According to NHK, Japan's public broadcaster, the dead photographer had been hit by "stray bullets".
The military have fired into sections of the crowd in the city with semi-automatic weapons to disperse the demonstrations.
Troops who cleared the streets of central Rangoon told protesters they had 10 minutes to go home or be shot. Many who fled left their bloodied sandals behind.
At one monastery shots were fired in the air and tear gas was used against a crowd of about 1,500 supporters.
RIP. It's always a risk to take the photos to tell the story to the world.