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Tributes to Libya blast journalist

Tributes have been paid to an award-winning British photographer killed in an apparent mortar attack in the besieged Libyan city of Misrata.

Tim Hetherington, an Oscar-nominated film-maker and conflict photographer, was capturing images of fighting between Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's forces and Libyan rebels when he was reportedly hit by a rocket-propelled grenade.

His American colleague Chris Hondros, 41, was also killed in the attack.

Liverpool-born Mr Hetherington, 41, who worked for Getty Images and lived in New York, had covered conflict zones since the late 1990s.

A number of other journalists, including British photographer Guy Martin, were injured when they were hit by shrapnel.

Mr Martin, a 27-year-old part-time university lecturer from Cornwall, is being treated at a hospital in Misrata, where he is in a critical but stable condition. His family wants him to be medically evacuated but he is not yet well enough to be moved.

Mr Hetherington was a contributing photographer for Vanity Fair magazine and studied at Oxford and Cardiff universities. He had written of the dangerous position he was in on Twitter, saying: "In besieged Libyan city of Misrata. Indiscriminate shelling by Gaddafi forces. No sign of Nato."

In a statement issued through the magazine, his family members said: "It is with great sadness we learned that our son and brother, photographer and film-maker Tim Hetherington, was killed in Misrata, Libya, by a rocket-propelled grenade.

"Tim will be remembered for his amazing images and his Academy Award-nominated documentary Restrepo, which he co-produced with his friend Sebastian Junger. Tim was in Libya to continue his ongoing multimedia project to highlight humanitarian issues during time of war and conflict. He will be forever missed."

Mr Hetherington, who had dual British and American nationality, was best known for his work in Afghanistan and won the prestigious World Press Photo of the Year Award in 2007. His work there led to his creation of the 2010 Oscar-nominated documentary Restrepo.


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