Foreign female journalist dies in Pakistan

Published:  24 Feb at 4 PM
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An expatriate female journalist stationed in the Pakistani capital Islamabad has died of suspected natural causes.

Early reports state that Maria Golovnina, who was Reuters news agency’s Bureau Chief for Pakistan and Afghanistan, was found at the media outlet’s office in the city’s F-8 sector on Monday.

The exact cause of her death has yet to be officially disclosed, but sources say that she passed away of natural causes.

A statement from Reuters said they were saddened to announce the death of their Chief Bureau for Pakistan and Afghanistan, Maria Golovnina, who was 34. It explained that she fell unconscious in the Islamabad office, but although she was rushed to hospital in an ambulance, doctors were unable to revive her.

The statement went on to describe the journalist as a “superb” reporter with a “long and varied career at Reuters”. It said Golovnina, who was fluent in both Japanese and Russian, first joined the news agency in 2001 at the Tokyo bureau and went on to work in a number of locations across the globe including London, Moscow, Singapore, Iraq and Afghanistan.

It revealed that she took up her last position in 2013, and achieved a number of impressive exclusive reports and insights into the troubles of the region. It added that they would sorely miss her “talents, energy and can-do spirit”.
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