AP Photographer Killed in Cold Blood by Policeman in Afghanistan

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In this Sept. 9, 2011 photo, Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus poses for photographers following a news conference for the opening of her exhibition at the C/O Berlin museum in Berlin. Niedringhaus, 48, an internationally acclaimed German photographer, was killed and an AP reporter was wounded on Friday, April 4, 2014 when an Afghan policeman opened fire while they were sitting in their car in eastern Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Azia)
Anja Niedringhaus. Photo: David Azia/? Corbis. All Rights Reserved.

Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus was shot and killed in Afghanistan on Friday, in an attack that also left reporter Kathy Gannon injured. The journalists were in the country ahead of Saturday’s presidential election. Niedringhaus, who was 48, also covered life in Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, and the West Bank over the last two decades.

“Anja and Kathy together have spent years in Afghanistan covering the conflict and the people there,” said AP executive editor Kathleen Carroll. “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 shooting came at the hands of a 50-year-old Afghan police officer, who was arrested at the scene. The New York Times reports:

After the convoy arrived at the government compound in Tanai, Ms. Niedringhaus and Ms. Gannon were waiting in the back seat for the convoy to start moving again when a police commander approached the car and looked through its windows. He apparently stepped away momentarily before wheeling around and shouting “Allahu akbar!” — God is great — and opening fire with an AK-47, witnesses and The A.P. said. His shots were all directed at the back seat.

Terrible images of the car can be seen here.

The country has become increasingly dangerous for journalists recently, with three fatal attacks in the past month, including a Swedish journalist killed in Kabul while conducting interviews and an AFP reporter, whose wife and two children were killed as well, at the Serena Hotel, also in Kabul.

A photo by Niedringhaus covered today’s International New York Times:

A brief sampling of her work throughout the years:

Sarajevan children play with self-made toy guns war games in Sarajevo's frontline-suburb of Dobrinja 18 January 1996.  (Photo credit should read ANJA NIEDRINGHAUS/AFP/Getty Images)
January 18, 1996: Sarajevan children play with self-made toy guns in Sarajevo's frontline suburb of Dobrinja. Photo: ANJA NIEDRINGHAUS/2010 AFP
The mother of Palestinian Billal Nabham, cries after his body was found under the rubble of a house after being missing for 20 days, in Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza strip, on January 19, 2009. A tenuous ceasefire held today in Gaza, where Palestinians dug out from the rubble and Hamas put on a show of defiance vowing to fight on after the Jewish state's deadliest war on the territory. AFP PHOTO/POOL/ANJA NIEDRINGHAUS (Photo credit should read ANJA NIEDRINGHAUS/AFP/Getty Images)
January 19, 2009: The mother of Palestinian Billal Nabham cries after his body was found under the rubble of a house after being missing for 20 days, in Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza strip. Photo: ANJA NIEDRINGHAUS/2009 AFP
A white dove flies over debris from destroyed houses after taking off from sandbags left behind at a position used before by the Israeli Army in the southern part of Gaza City on January 20, 2009. Israel will cooperate with reconstruction efforts in the Gaza Strip only if the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas does not lead the process, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said today.  AFP PHOTO/POOL/ ANJA NIEDRINGHAUS (Photo credit should read ANJA NIEDRINGHAUS/AFP/Getty Images)
January 20, 2009: A white dove flies over debris from destroyed houses after taking off from sandbags left behind at a position used before by the Israeli Army in the southern part of Gaza City. Photo: ANJA NIEDRINGHAUS/2009 AFP
FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010 file photo made by Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus, an Afghan boy on a donkey sticks his tongue out as Canadian soldiers with the 1st RCR Battle Group, The Royal Canadian Regiment, patrol in Salavat, southwest of Kandahar, Afghanistan. Minutes later the soldiers were attacked by grenades while leaving the village. Niedringhaus, 48, an internationally acclaimed German photographer, was killed and an AP reporter was wounded on Friday, April 4, 2014 when an Afghan policeman opened fire while they were sitting in their car in eastern Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus, File)
September 11, 2010: An Afghan boy on a donkey sticks his tongue out as Canadian soldiers with the first RCR Battle Group, The Royal Canadian Regiment, patrol in Salavat, southwest of Kandahar, Afghanistan. Minutes later, the soldiers were attacked by grenades while leaving the village. Photo: Anja Niedringhaus/? Corbis. All Rights Reserved.
FILE - In this Thursday, June 9, 2011 file photo made by Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus, a US Marine on his way to pick up food supplies after they were dropped off by small parachutes from a plane outside Forward Operating Base Edi in the Helmand Province of southern Afghanistan. Niedringhaus, 48, an internationally acclaimed German photographer, was killed and an AP reporter was wounded on Friday, April 4, 2014 when an Afghan policeman opened fire while they were sitting in their car in eastern Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus, File)
June 9, 2011: A U.S. Marine on his way to pick up food supplies after they were dropped off by small parachutes from a plane outside Forward Operating Base Edi in the Helmand Province of southern Afghanistan. Photo: Anja Niedringhaus/? Corbis. All Rights Reserved.

She had also recently taken to Instagram:

See more of Niedringhaus’s work at The Atlantic.