Shot in the neck: ex-Irish Times journalist while reporting in Philippines

Cheryl Sanders
June 15, 2017

The ABC's Adam Harvey was pictured on CNN speaking on a phone while others hold bandages to a neck wound.

On May 23, heavily armed Maute militants who have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State terror group, attacked Marawi - which has a population of about 200,000 people - when the military was searching for an Abu Sayyaf leader hiding in the city.

"It felt like I had been hit in the head with a cricket ball. that kind of big, tiresome thud that hurt, but I didn't black out", Harvey told ABC radio.

The bullet appears to have narrowly missed an artery in his neck.


In a series of social media posts, Adam Harvey, Southeast Asia correspondent for ABC, said that his injury was not life-threatening although the bullet was still lodged in his neck.

"Thanks everyone - I'm okay".

Harvey tweeted that he was fine despite the bullet being "still in my neck".

He said he initially thought he had been hit by shrapnel in what was considered a relatively safe compound some way away from the fighting. "What's important is you recognize me and we saw each other again", Mariga told his wounded wife at the hospital's emergency ward.


The correspondent's sister, Claire Harvey, told 2GB radio that he might have to undergo surgery - perhaps in Singapore - to remove the bullet.

"It looks like this bullet has got him in the gap between the bottom of his helmet and the top of his vest", she said.

The ABC said: "Indonesia correspondent Adam Harvey has been injured while on assignment in Marawi in the Philippines and is now receiving medical treatment".

This video, published by local photographer Alan Tangcawan, shows Harvey after being treated.


Mr Harvey said he was bending down to get food and water out of a auto - dressed in protective gear including a helmet and flack jacket - when he was hit by something that "felt like a cricket ball".

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