2005 AP file photo of Anja Niedringhaus. (AP/Peter Dejong)

The Associated Press is reporting today that veteran AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus was killed, and an AP reporter was wounded, when their car was fired upon by an Afghan police officer. They were traveling in a convoy of election workers bringing ballots to regions outside the city of Khost.  

Niedringhaus, 48, was pronounced dead at the scene and AP reporter Kathy Gannon was shot twice. She is listed as being in stable condition after surgery to treat her wounds. 

In a statement, AP Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll said, 'Anja and Kathy together have spent years in Afghanistan covering the conflict and the people there. Anja was a vibrant, dynamic journalist well-loved for her insightful photographs, her warm heart and joy for life. We are heartbroken at her loss'. 

The country has been in turmoil in advance of Saturday's national elections. 

Niedringhaus won a 2005 Pulitzer Prize with a team of AP reporters that covered the war in Iraq. She also received the Courage in Journalism Award from International Women’s Media Foundation. She had been working for the Associated Press since 2002. From 2006 to 2007 she was awarded a Nieman Fellowship from Harvard University. 

See a sample of her recent work over on the BBC's gallery