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Photographer injured in Afghanistan after stepping on makeshift bomb

Critically injured: British photojournalist Giles Duley, 39, is in stable but critical condition after stepping on a pressure-plate that detonated a land mine in Afghanistan's rural Sangsar on Monday while he was on patrol with American troops.

A British photojournalist was severely injured after stepping on a makeshift bomb in southern Afghanistan. Giles Duley, a freelance photographer associated with the Camera Press Agency in London, was on a foot patrol with Afghan and American soldiers on February 7 near the village of Sangsar, in rural Kandahar Province, when he stepped on a pressure-plate that detonated a hidden explosive charge, The New York Times reported Monday.

Duley, 39, suffered multiple amputations as a result of the blast, losing one leg below the knee, one leg above the knee and his left arm was severed above the elbow, the report said. He also suffered a range of superficial wounds and a finger on his right hand was fractured.

The photojournalist was working alongside soldiers from the 1st Squadron, 75th Cavalry Regiment who were clearing a compound at the time of the incident. It was the first time Duley had covered military operations, having arrived in Afghanistan only two weeks earlier.

"IFJ applauds the courage of Giles Duley and many others like him who expose themselves to extreme personal risk in order to report the grim realities of war," IFJ General Secretary Aidan White said. "IFJ sends its best wishes to our colleague for as speedy a recovery as is possible, given the extent of his injuries."

Duley spent a decade as an editorial photographer in the fashion and music industries, with his exhibited and published around the world in publications such as Vogue, GQ, Esquire, Rolling Stone, Sunday Times and New Statesman. In recent years he has concentrated on humanitarian projects, working with charities such as Médecins sans Frontiers.

New York Times photographer Joao Silva stepped on an anti-personnel landmine in October in southern Afghanistan, losing both legs and sustaining other injuries in the blast.

Date posted: February 15, 2011 Last modified: May 23, 2018 Total views: 249