Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui killed in Afghan-Taliban clashes

Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui was killed on Friday while covering clashes between Afghan security forces and Taliban insurgents in Kandhar district. He was embedded for a reporting assignment about Afghan Special Forces.

Afghan forces were in clashes with the Taliban to retake the main market area of Spin Boldak when Reuters journalist Siddiqui and a senior Afghan official were killed in the Taliban crossfire, an official told Reuters.

Amid the heightened tensions in Afghanistan, Danish had been covering the situation in Kandahar district for the past few days. In a tweet he informed that he had tagged along with the Afghan Special Forces on some missions. He reportedly died when the Afghan Special Forces came under attack by Taliban.

His last story was about a mission in which Afghan commandos were trying to extract a wounded police officer trapped by Taliban on the outskirts of Kandahar.

Earlier on Friday, Siddiqui told Reuters that he had been wounded in the arm by shrapnel while reporting the clashes. He was being treated and was recovering when the Taliban retreated from the fighting in Spin Boldak.

Siddiqui and his colleague were a part of the Reuters photography team to win the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography 2018 for documenting the Rohingya refugee crisis.

As a photojournalist, he has covered several rage issues worldwide. Some of his works include covering wars in Afghanistan and Iraq (battle of Mosul in 2016-17), the Rohingya refugees crisis, 2020 Delhi riots, the Covid-19 pandemic, 2015 Nepal earthquake, and the 2019–2020 Hong Kong protests.

On Wednesday, Taliban insurgents had captured the border area, which is the second-largest crossing on the border with Pakistan. They have achieved one of the most important objectives during a rapid advance across the country as U.S. troops pull out.

In view of the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan, India has pulled nearly 50 Indian diplomats and security officials posted in its consulate in Kandahar district.

Mumbai based journalist, Siddiqui had graduated from Jamia Milia Islamia (Delhi) with a degree in Economics. He also a degree in Mass Communication from the AJK Mass Communication Research Centre at the same University.

Danish began his career as a television news correspondent and in 2010, he joined Reuters as an intern.

Danish Siddiqui’s work has been widely published across the world, publications including New York Times, The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian and National Geographic Magazine.

Rest in peace Danish, you will be missed and your work will remain forever!

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