INDONESIA: Wounded Indonesian journalist to come home

Associated Press videographer suffers injuries to his legs when his vehicle drove over a bomb in southern Afghanistan

The Jakarta Post
Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Andi Jatmiko, an Associated Press (AP) videographer from Jakarta is expected to return home Tuesday, after being injured in a bomb blast in southern Afghanistan.

He was traveling with a photographer, Emilio Morenatti, and a U.S. military unit when their vehicle drove over a bomb planted in open desert terrain. Two soldiers were also wounded, including one who suffered severe leg injuries.

Jatmiko sustained damage to his legs and is also suffering two broken ribs, while Morenatti, whose left foot required amputation following the incident, was treated in a Baltimore hospital Monday.

Forty-year-old Morenatti, a Spaniard, is an award-winning photographer based in Islamabad who has worked for the AP in Afghanistan, Israel and the Palestinian territories. He was named Newspaper Photographer of the Year in 2009 by Pictures of the Year International

Journalists are now facing heightened threats from improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, as they go on assignment with Western troops carrying out new offensives in conjunction with the U.S effort to curb terrorist activity in Afghanistan. IED attacks have caused the majority of U.S. and NATO deaths in Afghanistan.