AP Journalist Killed in Afghanistan

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Photojournalist Anja Niedringhaus was killled and her AP colleague Kathy Gannon wounded when an Afghan police officer opened fire on the car they were in. (April 3)

SHOTLIST:

AP Television - Agency Pool - Clients Only

Khost, Afghanistan 4 April 2014

1. Video of pictures taken next to bullet riddled car

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Berlin, Germany 9 September, 2011

2. Niedringhaus at gallery show of her work

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Toronto, Canada - 2005

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3. Gannon being interviewed during CTV Morning Show

AP Television - Clients Only

New York, New York 4 April 2014

4. SOUNDBITE: Kathleen Carroll, Executive Editor - Associated Press

(see transcript below)

AP Television - Agency Pool - Clients Only

Khost, Afghanistan 4 April 2014

5. Various of bullet riddled card

AP Still Photo Image - 2012

6. Kathy Gannon on left and Anja Niedringhaus on right in Pakistan

AP Television - Clients Only

New York, New York 4 April 2014

7. SOUNDBITE: Gary Pruitt, President & CEO - Associated Press

(transcript below)

CTV - AP Clients Only

Toronto, Canada - 2005

MUST COURTESY: CTV

8. Gannon being interviewed during CTV Morning Show

AP Television - Clients Only

Berlin, Germany 9 September 2011

9. Niedringhaus at gallery show of her work

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10. Various images taken by Anya Niedringhaus

AP Television - Clients Only

New York, New York 4 April 2014

11. SOUNDBITE: Kathleen Carroll, Executive Editor - Associated Press

(see transcript below)

AP Television - Clients Only

Berlin, Germany 9 September 2011

12. Niedringhaus at gallery show of her work

(VOICE OVER)

AN ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOGRAPHER HAS BEEN KILLED, AND A REPORTER SERIOUSLY WOUNDED IN A SHOOTING IN AFGHANISTAN.

48 YEAR OLD ANYA NIEDRINGHAUS, AN INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED PHOTOGRAPHER, WAS KILLED WHEN AN AFGHAN POLICEMAN OPENED FIRE ON THE CAR SHE WAS SITTING IN.

AP REPORTER KATHY GANNON TRAVELLING IN THE SAME CAR WAS HIT TWICE.

gANNON IS IN STABLE CONDITION.

(SOUNDBITE: Kathleen Carroll, Executive Editor - Associated Press)

"Anja Niedringhaus and Kathy Gannon were the two journalists in the world who have spent more time than any others covering Afghanistan. For years, they've gone in and out of the country, telling the story of the people, and the combat and the heartbreak of that country. So it is with bitter irony that we learn that they were attacked there today."

(VOICE OVER)

THE PAIR WERE TRAVELING WITH A CONVOY PROTECTED BY AFGHAN SECURITY FORCES.

ACCORDING TO AN AP FREELANCER TRAVELING WITH THEM AN AFGHAN POLICEMAN APPROACHED THE CAR AND OPENED FIRE ON THEM WITH HIS AK-47.

NIEDRINGHAUS WAS KILLED INSTANTLY.

(SOUNDBITE: Gary Pruitt, President and CEO, Associated Press:)

"One of AP's outstanding reporters, Kathy Gannon, was injured and shot in this tragic event, but she's come through surgery. And we are very optimistic about here recovery. We're doing all we can right now to make sure she gets the best treatment possible."

(VOICE OVER)

GANNON HAD BEEN IN AFGHANISTAN AND THE REGION FOR THREE DECADES - REPORTING ON THE PEOPLE AND EVENTS THAT SHAPED THE COUNTRY AFTER THE RUSSIANS LEFT.

NIEDRINGHAUS COVERED EVERYTHING FROM SPORTS TO WAR.

SHE GAVE HER TALENTS TO THE WORLD WITH IMAGES OF WARS' UNWITTING VICTIMS IN AFGHANISTAN, IRAQ, BOSNIA AND BEYOND.

(SOUNDBITE: Kathleen Carroll, Executive Editor - Associated Press)

"We are shattered at the loss of Anja Niedringhaus, one of the great photographers of the world. Covered combat from Bosnia through Afghanistan. A great sports photographer. A wonderful human being. Much has been said about her joyful laugh, which is the first thing that all of us remember about her. She was a great cook, a great friend, a big heart, but a tough cookie. You didn't give less than 110 percent when Anja was around."

(VOICE OVER)

THE PAIR WERE THE FIRST JOURNALISTS TO EMBED WITH THE AFGHAN NATIONAL ARMY AND WERE ON THEIR WAY TO COVER THE AFGAN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS.

TOM RITCHIE, ASSOCIATED PRESS.

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