A photographer, who lives in Hastings, is fighting for his life after being hit by a roadside blast in Afghanistan.
Giles Duley was embedded with US troops in Kandahar when he was critically injured by an improvised explosive device on Monday, 7 February.
The 39-year-old has been jetted back to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham for further surgery after undergoing multiple amputations at the local UN Hospital in Kandahar.
London-born Duly, a photographer and journalist specialising in humanitarian issues, has worked with Medecins sans Frontieres as well as a host of other charities.
He previously spent ten years as an editorial photographer in the fashion and music industries in both the US and Europe.
The freelancer also worked with the Camera Press agency in London.
“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 the agency said.
In January last year, Rupert Hamer, defence correspondent of the Sunday Mirror, became the first British journalist to be killed in Afghanistan when the armoured vehicle in which he was travelling was hit by a roadside bomb.
Philip Coburn, a photographer with the same newspaper, suffered severe leg injuries.