Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus was killed in Afghanistan today in a targeted attack.
Niedringhaus was shot in the head by an Afghan police officer while covering preparation for an upcoming election. AP reporter Kathy Gannon was also shot, but survived the attack.
The gunman opened fire when the journalists arrived at a police headquarters in the Khost province. Both had extensive experience reporting from conflicted parts of the world.
Anja Niedringhaus won the Pulitzer Prize in 2005 for her work covering the war in Iraq.
Twitter remembered the brave photojournalist who gave her life on behalf of the profession. Some of Anja Niedringhaus’ amazing work was shared in abundance Friday morning by those honoring her sacrifice.
Niedringhaus earned the Pulitzer Prize for shots like this, taken during the Battle of Fallujah in 2004. Fallujah was not a nice place to be 10 years ago.
The Anja Niedringhaus photo I remember the most. US Marine in Fallujah in 2004. Part of AP's 2005 Pulitzer portfolio pic.twitter.com/t7lUS6aaTo
— Mikko Takkunen (@photojournalism) April 4, 2014
Niedringhaus took this photo shortly after Marine Cpl. Burness Britt was wounded by an IED in Afghanistan. The photographer held Britt’s hand as he bleed from a neck wound during medivac. She later established consistent contact with the wounded warrior during his long recovery.
— Dan Zak (@MrDanZak) April 4, 2014
In this region of the world everything resembles a discarded mortar shell.
— IBTimes UK (@IBTimesUK) April 4, 2014
Anja Niedringhaus’ work shows how ground troops blend with Afghan culture.
— Soutik Biswas (@soutik) April 4, 2014
Santa Claus is coming to town. Even for troops on a deployment.
— Luigi De Gennaro (@luigidegennar) April 4, 2014
Not a great idea to point toy guns in a war torn region. Just saying kid.
— Matt Lyle (@mattlyle2010) April 4, 2014
Anja Niedringhaus was the 32nd AP journalist to lose their life.
Journalists everywhere pay respect to her bravery and dedication to the profession.
Hayatimin en mutsuz gunlerinden biri bugun. Korktugum basimiza geldi: Gazeteci Anja Niedringhaus Afganistan'da oldu! pic.twitter.com/EyRwbldTZR
— Burhan Ozbilici (@BurhanOzbilici) April 4, 2014
[Image Credit: Aleksa Torri]