AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus shot dead in Afghanistan

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FILE - In this April 7, 2005 file photo, Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus poses in Rome. Niedringhaus, 48, was killed and an AP reporter was wounded on April 4, 2014, when an Afghan policeman opened fire while they were sitting in their car in eastern Afghanistan. At least 60 journalists around the world were killed in 2014 while on the job or because of their work, and 44 percent of them were targeted for murder, the Committee to Protect Journalists says. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

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A veteran Associated Press photographer was killed and an AP reporter wounded on Friday, April 4, 2014, when an Afghan policeman opened fire while they were sitting in their car in eastern Afghanistan.

Photgrapher Anja Niedringhaus did not survive. Kathy Gannon, an AP correspondent who for many years was the news organization's Afghanistan bureau chief, and currently special correspondent for the region, was shot twice and later underwent surgery.

Niedringhaus began working as a freelance photographer at age 17 while still in high school. In 1990, she began working full-time as a photojournalist when she joined the European Pressphoto Agency in Frankfurt, Germany.

As EPA's Chief Photographer, she spent the first ten years of her career covering the wars in the former Yugoslavia. In November 2002, Niedringhaus moved to the Associated Press as a traveling photographer. She was the only woman on a team of 11 AP photographers awarded the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography.

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