NATO soldier fires ‘warning shot’ near AP photographer

New York Times | Associated Press

A member of NATO forces fired a warning shot near an Associated Press photographer outside of a military training academy on the outskirts of Kabul, according to the New York Times.

A NATO soldier opens fire toward journalists near the main gate of Camp Qargha, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. A man dressed in an Afghan army uniform opened fire Tuesday on foreign troops at a military base, causing casualties, an Afghan military spokesman said. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

A NATO soldier opens fire toward journalists near the main gate of Camp Qargha, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. A man dressed in an Afghan army uniform opened fire Tuesday on foreign troops at a military base, causing casualties, an Afghan military spokesman said. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

Massoud Hossaini was there to cover a shooting at Camp Qargha, a military base west of Kabul. The New York Times is reporting an American major general was killed in the attack, which the AP says also wounded “about a dozen” Americans.

When Hossainni was outside the base, a NATO soldier on a roof-mounted gun yelled a warning to him and then fired a warning shot in his vicinity, The Times reports:

“I don’t know what he fired. It was fired near our car,” he said, adding that he left the scene straight away.

The soldier fired his pistol near Hossaini, according to the AP. There were no injuries.

Hossaini was awarded the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography for an  Agence France-Presse image of a girl cowering after a suicide bomb attack.

Earlier this year, AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus was killed while covering the run-up to the Afghanistan presidential election.

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  • paulharrington

    Those long lens can make people nervous. Lucky it was only a warning shot.