NPR Photojournalist, Interpreter Killed in Afghanistan

The pair were ambushed while traveling with the Afghan army.

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.”