Photo Essay

  • An Afghan man shouts in support for presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadza as he arrives with others for an election campaign rally to the stadium in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Elections will take place on April 5, 2014.
  • Afghan policemen arrive to the scene after the Taliban launched an assault with a suicide bomber detonating his vehicle outside an election office in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 25, 2014.
  • Afghan women wait to get their registration card on the last day of voter registration for the upcoming presidential elections outside a school in Kabul, Afghanistan, April 1, 2014.
  • Afghan men wait in line to get their registration card on the last day of voter registration for the upcoming presidential elections outside a school in Kabul, Afghanistan, April 1, 2014.
  • An Afghan girl helps her brother down from a security barrier set up outside the Independent Election Commission (IEC) office in the eastern Afghan city of Khost, April 3, 2014.
  • An Afghan soldier, left, and a police man peek through a window as they queue with others to get their registration card on the last day of voter registration for the upcoming presidential elections outside a school in Kabul, Afghanistan, April 1, 2014.
  • A child pulls a rope which keeps Afghan women in line queuing to get their registration card on the last day of voter registration for the upcoming presidential elections outside a school in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, April 1, 2014.
  • An Afghan woman sits on destroyed school benches as she waits to get her registration card on the last day of voter registration for the upcoming presidential elections outside a school in Kabul, Afghanistan, April 1, 2014.
  • Afghan men load up a truck with office supplies and election materials to be delivered to election centers throughout the province in the eastern Afghan city of Khost, April 3, 2014.
  • An Afghan policeman rides on top of his armored vehicle as he rushes to the scene as Taliban militants attacked the main Afghan election commission's headquarters on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, March 29, 2014.
  • An Afghan female election worker and supporter of Habiba Sarabi, pictured on the placard, one of presidential candidate Zalmai Rassoul’s picks for vice president, waits for women to arrive for a meeting to discuss the upcoming electionsl in Kabul, March 26, 2014.
  • An Afghan man waits to have his picture taken for his registration card on the last day of voter registration for the upcoming presidential elections outside a school in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, April 1, 2014.
  • Afghan police men secure the area as Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadza arrived for an election campaign rally to the stadium in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, April 1, 2014.
  • Afghan lawmaker Habiba Sadat from Helmand poses under pictures of former Presidents of Afghanistan's lower house in the parliament in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 26, 2014. When the Taliban ruled, women rarely left their home. Today's€™s Afghan woman has choices she never had before, like running for parliament.
  • An Afghan carpet seller holds up a framed carpet depicting Afghan President Hamid Karzai in his store in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, March 30, 2014.
  • Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus, 48, was killed when an Afghan policeman opened fire while they were sitting in their car in eastern Afghanistan, April 4, 2014.
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AP photojournalist killed in Afghanistan

Updated
By Fazul Rahim, NBC News and Maria Lokke

KABUL, Afghanistan – A police officer shot two foreign journalists in eastern Afghanistan on Friday, killing one and wounding the other.

Pulitzer Prize-winning Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus was killed while getting into a vehicle with reporter Kathy Gannon at a district government compound in remote Khost province, provincial spokesman Baryalai Rawan told NBC News.

Niedringhaus, 48, was fatally shot in the head, while Gannon was hit twice in the arm and was being operated on, according to a family member. Gannon’s wounds were not thought to be life-threatening.

The journalists were travelling with a convoy carrying election materials to the district that borders Pakistan ahead of Saturday’s presidential poll, according to Rawan.

Here is a selection of her recent work from Afghanistan.