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NPR Journalists David Gilkey and Zabihullah Tamanna Killed in Afghanistan

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A National Public Radio photojournalist and his translator were killed by a roadside bomb Sunday in Afghanistan, NPR said in a statement.

David Gilkey and his Afghan translator, Zabihullah Tamanna, who occasionally also worked for NBC News, died after an Afghan army unit they were traveling with was attacked in the southern part of the country, the statement said.

"David has been covering war and conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11," said Michael Oreskes, NPR's editorial director, according to the statement. "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."

An NPR reporter and producer who were also traveling with the convoy were unharmed, the statement said.

Gilkey received many awards, the statement said, including an Emmy for a 2007 video series about Marines in Iraq and an Edward R. Murrow award for his coverage of natural disasters, military conflict and international breaking news.

He also contributed to NPR's coverage of the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which earned it a Peabody award, and was widely credited within NPR with being a driving force behind the network's expansion from its radio roots into video and multiomedia journalism.

Tamanna was a freelance journalist who often worked for NPR and occasionally in Afghanistan for NBC News. Last year, he contributed to NBC News' coverage of the crash of a U.S. military plane at the Jalalabad airport, and in July 2015 he worked with NBC News as a photographer on a three- part part series on the U.S. legacy after more than a decade of war in Afghanistan.

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