AP Photographer Wounded in Afghanistan (Updated)

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Updated 6:23 p.m. ET

AP staff photographer Emilio Morenatti suffered serious leg injuries yesterday in southern Afghanistan when a roadside bomb hit the military vehicle he was riding in. Doctors who treated Morenatti at a hospital in Kandahar have amputated his left foot, according to AP Director of Photography Santiago Lyon.

"He�s stable," and is expected to recover, says Lyon. "We've been able to see him on the ground and our doctors have been in touch. He's doing as well as can be expected."

On Wednesday,� Morenatti was tranported to a hospital in Dubai. "Then we'll assess the medical options after that," Lyon says.�

AP TV News videographer Andi Jatmiko was also injured in the explosion, but less seriously, Lyon says. On Wednesday, the US Army reported to AP that two soldiers also suffered leg wounds in the explosion, one of them severe. Capt. Denis Lortie, commander of Bear Troop, 8th Squadron of the 5th Stryker, told the AP that one of the wounded soldiers managed to apply tourniquets to Morenatti and the other wounded soldier.

Morenatti and Jatmiko had been traveling with a Stryker brigade unit. Four Stryker vehicles were on patrol north of the town of Spin Boldak and 120 miles southeast of Dahaneh, a Taliban-held town where helicopter-borne U.S. Marines launched an operation early Wednesday morning local itme.

AP President Tom Curley said in a report distributed by AP that the incident reflected "the risks that journalists like Emilio and Andi encounter every day as they staff the front lines of the most dangerous spots of the world. We are grateful for their bravery and their commitment to the news. Our hearts are with them and their families, especially Emilio's wife, Marta, and Andi's wife, Pingkan."

Morenatti, a 40-year-old Spaniard, has been embedded with the US military in Afghanistan since the beginning of August, according to Lyon. He is based in Islamabad, Pakistan, and has covered stories for AP in Afghanistan, Israel and the Palestinian territories. He was kidnapped in Gaza in 2006 and released after a day. He was named Newspaper Photographer of the Year in 2009 by Pictures of the Year International.

Related story:
October 24, 2006: Kidnapped AP Photographer Released in Gaza


 

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