War photographer Phil Coburn who was seriously injured by a bomb in Afghanistan that killed his journalist colleague Rupert Hamer, is due to be flown back to the UK.

The Sunday Mirror photographer, who has serious leg injuries, is expected to be taken to Selly Oak hospital in Birmingham later today, according The Guardian.

The 43-year-old is reported to be in a serious but stable condition following the roadside explosion that killed Sunday Mirror defence correspondent Rupert Hamer, 39 and a US marine.

The newspaper’s editor Tina Weaver said yesterday: ‘Phil is a veteran of conflicts in Iraq, Rwanda and Afghanistan who has been with the Sunday Mirror for eight years.

‘He is a consummate all-round journalist and brilliant photographer whose pictures grace any newspaper.

‘He and Rupert made a dedicated team, working together around the world, sacrificing personal comfort countless times to record the reality of wars.

‘We wish Phil a speedy recovery, and send our warmest wishes to his partner and family.’


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