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Danish Siddiqui was a Pulitzer Prize-winning Indian photojournalist who has been killed in Afghanistan, said the country’s ambassador in Delhi.
Siddiqui, the chief photographer of Reuters in India, was on assignment in Afghanistan when he died.
According to reports, he was embedded with a convoy of Afghan forces that was ambushed by Taliban militants near a critical border post with Pakistan.
There was no immediate reaction from the Indian government.
His age is unclear.
Danish Siddiqui Killed By Taliban
A Pulitzer prize-winning Reuters photojournalist has been killed in Kandahar while reporting on the conflict in Afghanistan.
Siddiqui was killed by Taliban gunfire while reporting on efforts by the Afghan Special Forces to retake the main market area of Spin Boldok, near the border with Pakistan.
His death was confirmed in a joint statement from Reuters president Michael Friedenberg and editor-in-chief Alessandra Galloni. The pair said they were “urgently seeking more information, working with authorities in the region.”
Siddiqui had worked for the respected news agency since 2010.
It’s unclear how many others died in the attack.
Afghan Ambassador Statement
Afghanistan’s ambassador to India, Farid Mamundzay, said he was deeply disturbed by the news of “the killing of a friend.”
Deeply disturbed by the sad news of the killing of a friend, Danish Seddiqi in Kandahar last night. The Indian Journalist & winner of Pulitzer Prize was embedded with Afghan security forces. I met him 2 weeks ago before his departure to Kabul. Condolences to his family & Reuters. pic.twitter.com/sGlsKHHein
— Farid Mamundzay फरीद मामुन्दजई فرید ماموندزی (@FMamundzay) July 16, 2021
“The Indian Journalist & winner of the Pulitzer Prize was embedded with Afghan security forces.
“I met him 2 weeks ago before his departure to Kabul. Condolences to his family & Reuters.”
Based out of Mumbai, Siddiqui worked with Reuters for more than a decade.
In 2018, he won the Pulitzer Prize in feature photography. He won it alongside colleague Adnan Abidi and five others to document the violence faced by Myanmar’s minority Rohingya community.
Recently, his photos of mass funerals held at the peak of India’s devastating second wave went viral and won him global praise and recognition.
“While I enjoy covering news stories – from business to politics to sports – what I enjoy most is capturing the human face of a breaking story,” Siddiqui had told Reuters.
Siddiqui was on an assignment covering the clashes in the Kandahar region as the US withdraws its forces from Afghanistan ahead of an 11 September deadline set by President Joe Biden.
The Taliban – a fundamentalist Islamic militia-controlled Afghanistan from the mid-90s until the US invasion in 2001. The group has been accused of grave human rights and cultural abuses.
With foreign troops withdrawing after 20 years, the Taliban is rapidly retaking territory across the country, sparking fears of a potential civil war.
Earlier this year, Siddiqui spoke to the BBC about his work covering India’s Covid-19 second wave in India: