German Photo Journalist killed in Afghanistan

Photo journalist - Anja Niedringhaus

Photo journalist – Anja Niedringhaus

Anja Niedringhaus, a German photo journalist was killed in Afghanistan. Her companion Kathy Gannon, a Canadian journalist was shot in both arms. The pair were shot by an Afghan policeman. The two women were in Afghanistan to cover this week’s Afghan elections, with voting starting on Saturday.

Gannon, who was seriously injured was taken to hospital, while Anja Niedringhaus died instantly. An Afghan policeman came over when the car was stationary and opened fire.

The Associated Press (AP) confirmed the incident, stating that one of its photo journalists was killed and that one of its journalists witnessed the shooting. The two journalists were traveling in a car that was part of a convoy delivering election ballots to Khost.

Kathy Gannon, according to CBC news has arrived at Bagram airbase, where casualties are normally stabilized for transportation to Germany and further first class treatment.

Reports indicate that the policeman was motivated by a US air strike that killed one of his family members earlier.

Anja Niedringhaus (12 October 1965 – 4 April 2014) was an Associated Press photojournalist from Germany. She was the only woman on a team of 11 AP photographers that won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography for coverage of the Iraq War. That same year she was awarded the International Women’s Media Foundation’s Courage in Journalism prize. Read more Wikipedia

AP released the following statement:

“Anja and Kathy together have spent years in Afghanistan covering the conflict and the people there. Anja was a vibrant, dynamic journalist well-loved for her insightful photographs, her warm heart and joy for life. We are heartbroken at her loss,” said AP Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll.

Niedringhaus covered most of the world’s conflicts, including Israel, Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. She has been injured several tiems, but that didn’t distract her from getting photographs. On her first day in Sarajevo Niedringhaus was hit by a sniper’s bullet.

In 1997, her foot was crushed and broken in three places by a police car while she was covering demonstrations in Belgrade.

In 1998 in Kosovo, Niedringhaus was blown out of a car by a grenade and in Albania in 1999 she was one of a group of journalists mistakenly bombed by Nato forces.

Source: The Local

Photos by Niedringhaus

Anja Niedringhuas – Wikipedia

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