Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui who was working for Reuters (news agency), was killed in Afghanistan’s Kandahar on Thursday night during a clash between Afghan special forces and Taliban attackers.
Over the last few days, Mr. Siddiqui had been covering the situation in the region after the US forces pulled out of Afghanistan recently. He died in the Spin Boldak district that having an international border crossing between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Siddiqui tweeted on July 13 that he was ‘lucky to be safe’, as the vehicle he was traveling in came under attack by the Taliban.
Afghanistan’s Ambassador to India Farid Mamundzay extended his condolences to Danish Siddiqui’s family and Reuters while he recalled that two weeks ago he met Siddiqui before his departure to Kabul.
The Indian journalist Siddiqui had been regularly posting photos on social media accounts from Afghanistan where the Taliban has expanded its presence amid the withdrawal of US-led allied troops.
Danish was well known for his compassionate photographic coverage of current developments in South Asia. He was awarded Pulitzer for his coverage of the Rohingya tragedy.