Reuters photographer Danish Siddiqui was killed on Friday in Afghanistan, where he was covering fighting between Afghan security forces and the Taliban. Since the start of the week, he has been accompanying the Afghan forces.
While covering fighting between Afghan security forces and the Taliban near a border post with Pakistan, the 2018 Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist was killed.
Danish Siddiqui, 38, of Indian nationality, was killed along with a senior Afghan officer according to an Afghan army commander. The two were in Spin Boldak in the south of the country as Afghan forces attempted to retake this part of the country that had come under Taliban control.
“We are urgently seeking more information and are working with authorities in the region,” President Michael Friedenberg and editor-in-chief Alessandra Galloni of Reuters said in a statement.
“Danish was an exceptional journalist, a devoted husband and father, and a much appreciated colleague. Our hearts go out to his family at these terrible times, ”he added.
The journalist had worked for Reuters since 2010 and had covered the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. They had also covered protests in Hong Kong or earthquakes in Nepal. He won the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the Rohingya refugee crisis.
Afghanistan has been plagued by an upsurge in violence since the American and NATO withdrawals. The Taliban who were supposed to commit to peace are now threatening to seize power by force.