MISRATA, Libya â€” Tim Hetherington, an award-winning news photographer and Oscar-nominated co-director of the documentary â€œRestrepoâ€ was killed Wednesday in an explosion in the Libyan city of Misrata, 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 city in western Libya has been under attack for several weeks by forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.
The wounded journalists included Chris Hondros of Getty Images, Michael Brown of the Corvis agency and Guy Martin of the Panos Photo Agency.
Hetherington was born in Liverpool, England, and studied literature at Oxford University, according to his website biography. His film â€œRestrepo,â€ about a platoon of soldiers serving in Afghanistan, won the Grand Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival last year.