Mika Yamamoto, the veteran Japanese war correspondent killed in Syria on Monday, died when gunmen identified by rebels as Syrian soldiers opened fire on a group of journalists in Aleppo, the The AFP reported, as heartbreaking details about her death trickled out. Yamamoto, 45, was covering the conflict in for Japan Press, which The Associated Press described as “an independent TV news provider that specialises in conflict zone coverage.” Yamamoto was with a group of journalists in Aleppo including her colleague, freelancer Kazutaka Sato, when a group in camouflage approached and opened fire from about 20 or 30 meters away, Sato told Japan’s NTV, according to AFP. “I told her to run. It could have been less than 20 or 30 meters,” he said. The other journalists scattered, but Yamamoto was hit.