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Details emerge from attack on journalists

Time Magazine correspondent Michael Weisskopf, left, and award-winning photojounalist James Nachtwey have been wounded.
Time Magazine correspondent Michael Weisskopf, left, and award-winning photojounalist James Nachtwey have been wounded.

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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Additional details emerged Thursday about an Iraqi grenade attack on a Humvee carrying two Time magazine journalists and two U.S. soldiers, in which one of the journalists suffered a serious injury to his arm.

Senior correspondent Michael Weisskopf grabbed the grenade when it came into the vehicle, but it exploded as he tossed it out, leaving him with serious injuries to his arm. Photographer James Nachtwey, who was also in the vehicle, suffered shrapnel wounds, as did Weisskopf.

The two soldiers from the U.S. Army's 1st Armored Division also were wounded, but the military gave no further information about their conditions.

The two journalists were riding with the soldiers in Baghdad, Iraq, around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday when the grenade was thrown into the Humvee, Time managing editor Jim Kelly said Thursday.

The attacker or attackers escaped.

Both Weisskopf and Nachtwey are in stable condition and awaiting transfer to a U.S. military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, Kelly said.

Weisskopf joined Time in 1997, and has covered national politics and written award-winning investigative pieces for the magazine. He came to Time from The Washington Post, where he worked for 20 years, covering China, politics, the environment and the Pentagon.

Nachtwey is an award-winning photographer who has worked for Time since 1984, documenting wars, conflicts and critical social issues over the years. In 2001, he was the subject of an Oscar-nominated documentary, "War Photographer," which followed his travails during conflicts in Indonesia, Kosovo and the Palestinian territories.


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