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    Oscar-nominated director killed in Libya

    Washington: Tim Hetherington, an award-winning photographer and Oscar-nominated documentary film director, has been killed in Libya while covering the conflict between government and rebel forces, media reports said.

    Hetherington, a 41-year-old British national, was killed inside the rebel-held city of Misrata, Xinhua reported citing local media reports.

    He was working there as a photographer for the American magazine Vanity Fair.

    Hetherington co-directed the documentary film Restrepo that was nominated for the 2011 Academy Award for Best Documentary. The movie tells the story of a group of US soldiers stationed at an outpost in Afghanistan.

    He also won the World Press Photo of the Year award for his coverage on American troops in Afghanistan.

    Hetherington was born in Liverpool and studied at Oxford University.