French-German photojournalist killed in Tunisia

Loucas von Zabiensky was hit by a tear gas grenade fired at close range.

Last Updated: Jan 16, 2011, 22:37 PM IST

Berlin: A French-German photojournalist died
today from injuries sustained while covering clashes during
anti-government protests in Tunisia, his agency said.

Loucas Mebrouk von Zabiensky, 32, was hit by a tear gas
grenade fired at close range on Friday, the european
pressphoto agency (epa) said in a statement.

The French-German dual national, who worked for the
agency under the name Lucas Dolega, was rushed to a hospital
and underwent surgery, but his condition deteriorated and he
succumbed to his wounds today, the agency said.

"His death is a tragedy and a great loss," epa`s chief
executive Joerg Schierenbeck said. Editor-in-chief Cengiz
Seren added that the death is a reminder of the dangers
photojournalists face in their daily work.

The agency described him as a passionate photographer who
had started working for epa as a freelancer in Paris in 2006.

The growing protests on Friday led President Zine El
Abidine Ben Ali to resign and flee the country after ruling
Tunisia for 23 years.