A Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer for the news
was killed in an encounter between Afghan forces and the Taliban
Danish Siddiqui, an Indian national embedded with the country's special forces in Kandahar, was killed while reporting on fighting between Afghan commandos and Taliban fighters, according to Reuters.
Danish Siddiqui covered war zones and crises from Iraq
to Hong Kong
before being killed on Friday while covering Afghan-Taliban clashes near the Pakistan border. Here is some of his best work
from the past decade: https://t.co/HnoHFKTyFS
pic.twitter.com/Asz4vVFMnh — Reuters Pictures (@reuterspictures) July 16, 2021
An Afghan commander told Reuters that Siddiqui was killed by Taliban crossfire near the Pakistani border crossing
as Afghan forces fought to retake the main market area of Spin Boldak. Siddiqui, who had been wounded in the arm by shrapnel earlier in the day, was talking to shopkeepers when the Taliban attacked again, killing him and a senior Afghan officer.
In a statement
, Reuters President
Michael Friedenberg and Editor-in-Chief Alessandra Galloni said they are still looking for answers about their colleague's death
“Danish was an outstanding journalist, a devoted husband and father
, and a much-loved colleague,” said the statement, adding that “our thoughts are with his family
at this difficult time
Siddiqui has covered crises in Iraq, Nepal, and Hong Kong, and in 2018, he was part of the Reuters photography
team that won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for their coverage of the Rohingya refugee crisis.
According to a United Nations
this year, more than 60 journalists
were killed in Afghanistan
between 2018 and 2021.
Despite the growing presence of Taliban forces retaking parts of Afghanistan, US troops are expected to leave the country by the end of next month, ending a 20-year conflict.