UPDATE: Missing AP Photographer Altaf Qadri Found Safe In Libya
NEW YORK -- An award-winning Associated Press photographer covering the conflict in Libya was located Sunday after being missing for more than a day, the news agency said.
Altaf Qadri was safe and unhurt, and was on his way back to the AP offices in Benghazi, according to John Daniszewski, the agency's senior managing editor for international news and photos.
Qadri became separated from his colleagues near the eastern Libyan city of Ajdabiya while on assignment Saturday, according to the AP.
"We're very pleased that he has emerged unharmed while covering the violence in the area," Daniszewski said. "We thank all the people around the world who offered good wishes for his safe return."
Qadri, 35, won a World Press Photo award this year for his poignant photograph of relatives mourning over the body of a man killed in a shooting by Indian police in Indian-controlled Kashmir.
Qadri, an Indian citizen, is a native of the Kashmiri city of Srinagar. He studied science at Kashmir University and worked as a computer engineer before taking a job as a staff photographer at a local Kashmiri newspaper in 2001.
In 2003, he joined the European Press Photo Agency and covered the conflict in Kashmir. In 2008, he began working for The Associated Press in the Indian city of Amritsar. His work has appeared in magazines and newspapers around the world and has been exhibited in the United States, China, France and India.