Anthony Shadid, a New York Times foreign correspondent who was shot in the shoulder while covering the Middle East in 2002 for The Boston Globe, has gone missing in strife-torn Libya, along with three of his colleagues, the Times reports this afternoon on its website.
The last time the four were in contact with editors was Tuesday morning, the Times's Media Decoder blog reported.
"We have talked with officials of the Libyan government in Tripoli, and they tell us they are attempting to ascertain the whereabouts of our journalists," the paper's executive editor Bill Keller said. "We are grateful to the Libyan government for their assurance that if our journalists were captured they would be released promptly and unharmed."
The other three missing Times staffers are Stephen Farrell, a reporter and videographer; and two photographers, Tyler Hicks and Lynsey Addario, the blog reported. Hicks is a 1992 graduate of Boston University. Addario did freelance work for the Globe in Mexico in the early 2000s.
Forces loyal to Colonel Moammar Khadafy have been attempting to wipe out rebels all over Libya. The rebels initially seemed to have momentum, but have been suffering a succession of losses.
Shadid, who has also worked for the Washington Post and Associated Press during a career that has garnered him two Pulitzer Prizes, was shot in the shoulder on March 31, 2002, while covering an Israeli incursion into Ramallah in the West Bank for the Globe.
After the Globe asked for an investigation by the Israel Defense Forces, the IDF said he was not shot by an Israeli soldier, but was more probably shot by a Palestinian fighter. But other witnesses said there was no apparent crossfire at the time and only one gunshot was heard in the area, which had been under Israeli military control for several days.
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