Photographer Killed in Libya

Anton Hammerl had been missing since last month
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2011 8:34 AM CDT
This undated file photo shows photojournalist Anton Hammerl, who has South African and Austrian citizenship and went missing in Libya in early April 2011.   (AP Photo/Saturday Star - Independent Newspapers Ltd, File)

(Newser) – Anton Hammerl, the South African photographer who went missing in Libya last month along with three other journalists, was likely killed on April 5, his family announced on Facebook. Hammerl, 41, was shot by Moammar Gadhafi's forces in an "extremely remote location" and could not survive his critical injuries without medical attention, his family writes. They learned of Hammerl's fatal injury from two of the journalists who were with him and who have since been released by Libya, the New York Times reports.

Clare Morgana Gillis and James Foley say their group came under fire. They heard Hammerl cry "Help," but when they called to him later, they heard no reply. The pair said they were then captured, and did not see Hammerl again. They told his widow in a phone call that they believed there was “no hope that he would have survived.”

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