News Anchor, Photographer Injured in Iraq

1-29-06 - NEW YORK (AP) ABC News co-anchor Bob Woodruff and his award-winning cameraman have undergone surgery, after being seriously injured in a roadside bombing 12 miles north of Baghdad.

Woodruff and Doug Vogt were standing up in the hatch of an Iraqi armored vehicle that was hit by the blast. They were wearing body armor and helmets. No one else was hurt.

The two journalists were embedded with the Fourth US Infantry Division. They went with Iraqi troops to report their perspective.

Dozens of journalists have been injured, killed or kidnapped in Iraq since the 2003 invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein. The most visible among US television reporters was David Bloom of NBC News. He died from an apparent blood clot while traveling south of Baghdad in 2003.

The Blooms and Woodruffs were known to be close friends.