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Two Western photojournalists killed in Libya

MISRATA, Libya — Two Western photojournalists, including an Oscar-nominated film director, were killed Wednesday in Misrata while covering battles between rebels and Libyan government forces. Two others working alongside them were wounded.

Tim Hetherington, co-director of the documentary Restrepo about U.S. soldiers on an outpost in Afghanistan, and Chris Hondros, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated photographer for Getty Images, were killed. The circumstances of the incident were unclear.

Two other photographers — Guy Martin, a Briton affiliated with the Panos photo agency, and Michael Christopher Brown — were treated for shrapnel wounds, doctors said.

Hetherington, 40, was nominated for an Academy Award for his 2010 documentary film Restrepo. The film was co-directed by Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm. Hetherington won the World Press Photo of the Year award for his coverage of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.

Hondros, 41, had covered conflict zones since the late 1990s including Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. His awards include World Press Photo honors and the Robert Capa Gold Medal, one of the highest prizes in war photography.

Associated Press

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