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American NPR Photographer, Interpreter Killed in Afghan Ambush

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A photo shot by David Gilkey as an AP pool photographer in Iraq in 2004.

By    |   Sunday, 05 Jun 2016 07:28 PM

NPR award-winning photojournalist David Gilkey was killed in a Taliban ambush in Afghanistan along with interpreter Zabihullah Tamanna, NPR reported.

Gilkey had extensive experience covering conflicts worldwide, as well as such disasters as the Haiti earthquake.

The New York Times reported that Gilkey was the first American journalist killed during the Afghan conflict, although since 1992 there have been 27 journalists from other counties who have been killed there.

The journalists were traveling with Afghan special forces when their convoy came under heavy fire by Taliban gunmen, and the vehicle carrying the NPR journalists was destroyed, killing the two men.

The road on which the ambush took place, between Marjah and Lashkar Gah, had only recently been reopened by security forces after heavy fighting in the area.

NPR Vice President for News Michael Oreskes said that Gilkey "was devoted to helping the public see … wars and the people caught up in them. He died pursuing that commitment. As a man and as a photojournalist, David brought out the humanity of all those around him. He let us see the world and each other through his eyes.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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