The deadly attack on two veteran journalists, one of them Canadian, in Afghanistan on Friday serves as an example that no amount of experience or training is complete protection against random violence in a conflict zone.
Associated Press reporter Kathy Gannon and AP photographer Anja Niedringhous were sitting in a car that was part of a convoy delivering election materials near the city of Khost ahead of this weekend's presidential vote when an Afghan police officer riddled the vehicle with bullets.
Niedringhous, a 48-year-old German who won a Pulitzer Price in 2005 for her part in AP's photo coverage of the Iraq War, was killed instantly. Canadian Gannon, 60, who's covered Afghanistan for more than 20 years, was wounded.
Both women were very experienced in reporting from war and conflict zones.
Niedringhous was chief photographer for the European Pressphoto Agency during the breakup of Yugoslavia in the 1990s, working from Sarajevo, where she was wounded by city's infamous sniperRead More »from Can risks be eliminated for journalists in war zones?