NPR is reporting that photojournalist David Gilkey and interpreter Zabihullah Tamanna were both killed while on assignment for the network in Afghanistan.
Gilkey and Tamanna were traveling with a unit of the Afghan army when the Humvee they were in was hit by rocket propelled grenades. The driver of the vehicle, a soldier in the Afghan National Army, was also killed. The Taliban was behind the attack and subsequent firefight.
“David has been covering war and conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11,” said Michael Oreskes, NPR’s senior vp of news and editorial director, in a statement. “He was devoted to helping the public see these 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.”