Attack in Afghanistan Leaves AP Reporter Injured and a Photographer Dead
Posted by Brandon Hedges & Matt Barker on Friday, April 4, 2014 at 12:00 AM By Brandon Hedges & Matt Barker / April 4, 2014 Comment
attacked in Khost, Afghanistan, last Friday by an Afghan police commander. Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, pictured above, Anja Niedringhaus died immediately from her wounds, while veteran correspondent Kathy Gannon was struck by three bullets. After surgery she was in stable condition. Gannon has since been flown back to Kabul, Afghanistan. The two reporters were on assignment to cover the election of Afghanistan's new president and provincial councils. With these looming elections, the Taliban had been stepping up its violent actions, noticeably increasing their attacks on civilians and foreigners. Most noticeable were the deaths of a Swedish journalist and an Afghan journalist working for a French news agency. But what makes the attack on Niedringhaus and Gannon striking, is that it was committed by an insider on the Afghan security force, and within one of their own "secure" bases.