Danish Siddiqui, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Reuters photojournalist, was reportedly killed by the Taliban in Kandahar, Afghanistan. During the clashes on July 15, Danish, who was the chief of Reuter’s multimedia team in India, was killed. He was integrated with Afghan forces when the Taliban launched an attack He’d been reporting on the situation in Kandahar for the previous few days.
Condoling Danish Siddiqui’s demise, Farid Mamundzay, 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 the Pulitzer Prize was embedded with Afghan security forces. I met him 2 weeks ago before his departure to Kabul. Condolences to his family & Reuters.”
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 recently posted a Twitter thread about his reporting in Kandahar. He also showed images of the Taliban striking the car he was driving. “The Humvee in which I was traveling with other special forces was also targeted by 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 armor plate overhead,” Danish had written on July 13.
The objective was to extract a wounded policeman trapped by Taliban insurgents on the outskirts of Kandahar city for the last 18 hours. The particular district is contested between the government and the Taliban. pic.twitter.com/97WUTtb8Ze— Danish Siddiqui (@dansiddiqui) July 13, 2021
Danish Siddiqui was murdered 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.
One of our braves no more.— Geeta Mohan گیتا موہن गीता मोहन (@Geeta_Mohan) July 16, 2021
You will remain in my heart forever Danish. https://t.co/s00yKr5OZV
In light of the escalating incidents of violence in various parts of the country, the Indian embassy has also advised all Indians visiting, staying, and working in Afghanistan to take extreme caution in terms of their security and avoid all non-essential travel.