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'Restrepo' director killed in Libya

UPDATED: April 20, 6:34 p.m.

WASHINGTON — One of the directors of the acclaimed Afghan war film “Restrepo” was killed in Libya on Wednesday.

Tim Hetherington, who was nominated for an Academy Award for the documentary along with author Sebastian Junger, was covering the violence in the rebel-held city of Misrata.

Chris Hondros, a New York-based photographer for Getty Images, was also killed, according to the photo agency. Two other photographers - Guy Martin, a Briton affiliated with the Panos photo agency, and Michael Christopher Brown - were treated for shrapnel wounds, doctors said.

Vanity Fair, at which Hetherington was a contributing photographer, confirmed Hetherington’s death, but few details were known about the circumstances.

Misrata has been under siege by Moammar Gadhafi’s troops. There have been reports that city has been shelled with cluster bombs.

The New York Times reported the injuries to Martin and Brown. 

National Geographic, which worked closely with Hetherington, released a statement Wednesday afternoon saying it was “devastated” by news of Hetherington’s death.

“This is a sad and terrible day,” the statement said. “We join the community of dedicated photojournalists and documentarians around the world who are mourning his loss.”

Hetherington went to Libya as part of an ongoing project to highlight humanitarian issues during war, his family said in a statement released to “Vanity Fair.”

“He will be forever missed,” the statement said.

Hondros, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated photographer, was published regularly in major media outlets, including The New York Times. The documentary “Restrepo” chronicled a U.S. Army platoon’s bloody deployment in the Korengal Valley of northeastern Afghanistan, including the incident that earned Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta the Medal of Honor. Junger also detailed the deployment in his book “War.”

Hondros’ latest images are at:  "Rebels Engage Gaddafi Forces In Close Combat In Libyan City Of Misrata"

You can see more of Hetherington's work at  the "Restrepo" website. 

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