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U.S. Journalist Killed in Libya


"No sign of NATO."

A doctor in the besieged city of Misrata says a Western photographer has been killed and another seriously wounded while covering battles between rebels and Libyan government forces.

According to Fox News, the deceased photographer is Tim Hetherington, who was nominated for an Oscar this year for his documentary "Restrepo," a film about US troops in Afghanistan.

The doctor says two other journalists were injured Wednesday inside the only opposition-held city in western Libya, which has come under weeks of relentless shelling by government troops. The doctor works at a private clinic where the dead and wounded were brought. He spoke on condition of anonymity because of fears of government reprisals.

HuffPo reports there has been conflicting information about the status of another photographer who was with Hetherington during the mortar attack:

One of the three photographers, Chris Hondros, was initially reported to have died. Liohn wrote on his wall soon after initially reporting Hetherington's death, "Chris Hondros died now." Later reports said that he was in gravely critical condition, having suffered a serious brain injury. However, other journalists tweeted that he had, in fact, passed away.

In the last available message on Hetherington's Twitter account, he described a chaotic scene in Misrata:

Hetherington was a contributing photographer for Vanity Fair.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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