10/07/2013 05:58 BST | Updated 11/07/2013 13:36 BST

Egyptian Photographer Ahmed Assem Shot By Sniper And Films His Own Death (GRAPHIC VIDEO)

Chilling footage has emerged of the moment a photographer apparently recorded his own death.

Ahmed Samir Assem was filming protests outside the offices of the Egyptian Army in Cairo when the gunman he was recording turned to face him.

The exact circumstances of the 26-year-old's death have not been verified, but friends and colleagues have claimed the grainy footage shows him being killed.

“At around 6am, a man came into the media centre with a camera covered in blood and told us that one of our colleagues had been injured,” Ahmed Abu Zeid, of Assem’s newspaper, Al-Horia Wa Al-Adala, told the Daily Telegraph.

“Around an hour later, I received news that Ahmed had been shot by a sniper in the forehead while filming or taking pictures on top of the buildings around the incident.

“Ahmed’s camera was the only one which filmed the entire incident from the first moment."

The Muslim Brotherhood has reportedly been using the footage to show army snipers firing on innocent people.

Assem had been filming protests by Muslim brotherhood supporters outside the offices of the Egyptian Army, where ousted President Mohamed Morsi was reportedly being held.

At least 51 people were reportedly killed.

WARNING: Some viewers may find the footage below disturbing