Danish Siddiqui, an Indian photojournalist, was killed on Friday while reporting a conflict between Afghan security forces and Taliban terrorists in Kandahar’s Spin Boldak region. He was embedded with the Afghan Special Forces on a journalistic assignment.
Condoling Danish Siddiqui’s demise, Farid Mamundzay, the Afghanistan’s Ambassador to India, tweeted: “Deeply disturbed by the sad news of the killing of a friend, Danish Seddiqi in Kandahar last night. The Indian Journalist & winner of Pulitzer Prize was embedded with Afghan security forces. I met him 2 weeks ago before his departure to Kabul. Condolences to his family & Reuters.”
Deeply disturbed by the sad news of the killing of a friend, Danish Seddiqi in Kandahar last night. The Indian Journalist & winner of Pulitzer Prize was embedded with Afghan security forces. I met him 2 weeks ago before his departure to Kabul. Condolences to his family & Reuters. pic.twitter.com/sGlsKHHein
— Farid Mamundzay फरीद मामुन्दजई فرید ماموندزی (@FMamundzay) July 16, 2021
Danish Siddiqui, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, began his career as a television news correspondent before deciding to pursue a career in photography. From September 2008 to January 2010, he worked as a correspondent for the India Today Group as a photojournalist for the international news agency Reuters.
Danish Siddiqui and his colleague Adnan Abidi won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography in 2018 for their work as part of the Reuters team covering the Rohingya Refugee Crisis.
Danish Siddiqui was a photojournalist who covered a wide range of subjects all around the world. His main works include coverage of the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts, the Rohingya refugee crisis, Hong Kong riots, and the disasters in Nepal.
Danish Siddiqui has been reporting on the situation in Kandahar, Afghanistan, for the past few days, as tensions in the region have risen. In a tweet, he revealed that he had accompanied the Afghan Special Forces on some missions. When the Afghan Special Forces were attacked by the Taliban, he reportedly died.
Danish Siddiqui’s most recent article was about Afghan troops attempting to rescue a wounded police officer held captive by Taliban fighters on the outskirts of Kandahar.
On June 13, he had reported that the vehicle he and other special forces were travelling in was targeted with at least 3 RPG rounds and other weapons. “I was lucky to be safe and capture the visual of one of the rockets hitting the armour plate overhead,” he informed through his tweet.
Afghan Special Forces, the elite fighters are on various frontlines across the country. I tagged along with these young men for some missions. Here is what happened in Kandahar today while they were on a rescue mission after spending the whole night on a combat mission. pic.twitter.com/HMTbOOtDqN
— Danish Siddiqui (@dansiddiqui) July 13, 2021
Danish Siddiqui was killed in clashes between Taliban and government forces, which have become more intense as US-led international forces leave the area. In the north and west, the Taliban have taken control of many districts and border crossings.
Hundreds of government buildings have been destroyed by the Taliban in 29 of the country’s 34 provinces, according to the administration. The Taliban denies that their fighters have carried out widespread destruction.
Nader Nadery, a senior Afghan government official in Kabul, said security forces are striving to push Taliban fighters back and reclaim control of 190 districts.
Fears of a fresh Afghan refugee catastrophe have grown as the security situation has deteriorated. On Thursday, President Ashraf Ghani met with regional leaders in Uzbekistan, and Pakistan announced that it would hold a conference of senior Afghan leaders to find solutions.
In light of the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan, India has evacuated roughly 50 Indian diplomats and security officials stationed in Kandahar.