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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Indian Photojournalist Danish Siddiqui Killed in Kandahar

Danish Siddiqui, an award-winning Reuters photojournalist, was killed in Kandahar province in Afghanistan on Friday.

Reuters had confirmed the death of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist while he was covering the clash between Afghan government soldiers and Taliban fighters.

“We are deeply saddened to learn that our photographer, Danish Siddiqui, has been killed in Afghanistan,” Reuters President Michael Friedenberg and Editor-in-Chief Alessandra Galloni said in a statement.

His employer said that Danish was embedded with the Afghan special forces in Kandahar when they were attacked on Friday morning.

“We are urgently seeking more information, working with authorities in the region, and supporting Danish’s family and colleagues,” the heads of Reuters said.

“Danish was an outstanding, Pulitzer prize-winning journalist, a devoted husband and father, and a much-loved colleague. Our thoughts are with his family at this terrible time.”

Siddiqui had earlier told Reuters that he was injured in the arm by shrapnel early Friday and was treated as Taliban fighters retreated.

An Afghan military official said the Taliban later attacked again while Siddiqui was talking to shopkeepers.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani extended his condolences to Siddiqui’s family in a statement on social media.

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