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Man who snapped subway victim dismisses 'armchair critics'

Published on Dec 6, 2012 6:54 AM

NEW YORK (AFP) - The photographer who took a picture slapped on the front page of the New York Post of a man about to be fatally struck by a subway train dismissed his "armchair critics" on Wednesday, as public outrage grew.

An uproar has erupted over Tuesday's picture, plastered on the front page of the tabloid under the giant headline "Doomed," as people across the United States (US) questioned the morality of taking a picture of the helpless victim, rather than rushing to help save his life.

But photographer R. Umar Abassi said he was several hundred feet away when he saw Han Ki Suk hurled onto the train tracks on late Monday - too far to help him escape the path of the oncoming train.

"If this thing happened again with the same circumstances, whether I had a camera or not, and I was running towards it, there is no way I could have rescued Mr Han," Mr Abassi said in an interview with NBC television.

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