Photographer shot dead in car by Afghan policeman

Photographer Anja Niedringhaus pictured in Rome. Picture: AP

Photographer Anja Niedringhaus pictured in Rome. Picture: AP

A VETERAN Associated Press photographer has been killed and a reporter colleague wounded when an Afghan policeman opened fire while they were sitting in their car in eastern Afghanistan.

Anja Niedringhaus, 48, an internationally acclaimed German photographer, was killed instantly.

Kathy Gannon, 60, an AP correspondent, was shot twice and later underwent surgery. She was described as being in stable condition.

AP executive editor Kathleen Carroll, speaking in New York, said: “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.”

The attack came on the eve of elections in Afghanistan. The Taleban have vowed to disrupt the vote which is to elect a new president and provincial councils.




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