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Tim Hetherington, photojournalist and 'Restrepo' Oscar nominee, killed in Libya

April 20, 2011 | 11:24 am

Junger hetherington Tim Hetherington, an award-winning British photojournalist who teamed with author Sebastian Junger to direct the Oscar-nominated documentary "Restrepo" about a U.S. armed forces unit in Afghanistan, was killed in an explosion Wednesday in the Libyan city of Misurata, doctors and colleagues reported.

At least three other photojournalists were injured in the blast, which was believed to have been caused by a mortar round. The rebel-held western city has been under attack for several weeks by forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi.

The wounded journalists included Chris Hondros of Getty Images and Michael Brown of the Corvis agency. Hondros' work appeared on the front page of Wednesday's edition of the Los Angeles Times.

Two of Hetherington's apparent tweets illustrate the sharp contrasts in his life in recent months. On Feb. 27 he reported, “At the #Oscars w/ Josh Fox of @gaslandmovie and director of Wasteland http://ow.ly/i/8Dl6"

Then Tuesday, April 19, he sent out this: "In besieged Libyan city of Misrata. Indiscriminate shelling by Qaddafi forces. No sign of NATO."

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 -- Reed Johnson and Nicole Sperling, and Ned Parker in  Misurata, Libya

Photo: Sebastian Junger, left, and Tim Hetherington at a special screening of "Restrepo" at the Paley Center for Media on Feb. 10, 2011, in New York City. Credit:  Eugene Gologursky / Getty Images

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