British photographer injured in Afghanistan blast

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A British photographer embedded with US troops in Afghanistan has undergone multiple amputations after being severely injured in a roadside bombing, his employer and relatives said Saturday.

Giles Duley, 39, was flown back to Britain for further treatment following the explosion which happened during a foot patrol in the troubled southern province of Kandahar on Monday.

His brother David Duley told the New York Times that the freelance photographer had lost one leg below the knee, the other leg above the knee and his left arm was severed above the elbow.

He said Giles was "surprising everyone with his resilience and humor."

Giles Duley is associated with the Camera Press agency in London and has also worked with Medecins Sans Frontieres and other charities.

"In Afghanistan, he had initially intended to cover the plight of bomb victims but an opportunity presented itself to join frontline action with the US army; an offer that the true photojournalist within him couldn't resist," a spokesman for Camera Press said.

Duley previously spent 10 years as an editorial photographer in the fashion and music industries in the United States and Europe.

A number of journalists have become casualties of the war in Afghanistan, most recently the New York Times' Joao Silva, who was badly injured in a landmine blast in October.

NATO forces in Afghanistan allow journalists to "embed" with units as one of the few ways in which they gain access to the front line of the war.

© 2011 AFP

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