06/06/2016 9:00 PM AEST | Updated 15/07/2016 12:53 PM AEST

US Photojournalist, Translator Killed In Afghanistan

They were accompanying Afghan troops in southern Afghanistan on Sunday.

This undated photo provided by NPR shows Zabihullah Tamanna, left, and David Gilkey. (Monika Evstatieva/NPR via AP)

LASHKAR GAH/KABUL, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A veteran American photojournalist and a translator working for NPR were killed while accompanying Afghan troops in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, NPR and military officials said.

NPR's David Gilkey and Afghan translator Zabihullah Tamanna were in an Afghan army Humvee traveling between the provincial capital of Helmand province, Lashkar Gah, and Marjah, when their vehicle was struck by an 82mm rocket during a Taliban ambush, Shakil Ahmad Tasal, a spokesman for the Afghan army's 205th Atal Corps told Reuters.

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