Two Associated Press journalists were struck by a roadside bomb while they were traveling in Southern Afghanistan. Both reporters were injured.
According to the Associated Press, a photographer Emilio Morenatti and a cameraman, Andi Jatmiko were traveling with U.S. military on Tuesday when their vehicle was hit by a bomb.
The two were immediately taken to a military hospital in Kandahar. Morenetti suffered multiple wounds in the leg and his foot had to be amputated. Jatmiko had two broken ribs and leg wounds.
Morenatti, 40, has a long standing career with the AP and has reported from several war zones including Islamabad, Afghanistan, Israel. In 2009, he was named Newspaper Photographer of the Year.
Jatmiko, 44, had reported with the Associated Press for more than 10 years and has done extensive coverage throughout Asia.
AP President Tom Curley said their injuries are evidence of he risks that journalists like Emilio and Andi encounter every day as they staff the front lines of the most dangerous spots of the world.”
According to New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists, Afghanistan is the 11th most dangerous country in the world as it relates to journalists. Since 1992, 18 journalists have been killed in the war-torn country, 16 of which since 2001.
IED’s or improvised explosive devices are responsible for 73 percent of the deaths of troops in action. Within this year alone, the use of IED’s have increased 114 percent in Afghanistan.
IED’s are the preferred weapon in Afghanistan and also the biggest threat to troops on active missions today.