AFGHANISTAN. Kandahar: Danish Siddiqui, an Indian photojournalist for Reuters, was killed in clashes in Spin Boldak district in Kandahar, on Thursday night. The sources confirmed his death today. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
“He was embedded with Afghan forces. We met last week and he was telling me about his kids, family and his work from covering Rohingya to pandemic in India,” Lutfullah Najafizada, head of TOLO News said in a tweet.
The attack came two days after Taliban fighters claimed that they had seized control of the Spin Boldak crossing area between Afghan and Pakistan territory.
Danish was covering the clashes in Kandahar for the past days. Recently he wrote a story on Afghan elite forces who were caught in fierce Taliban attack.
Danish hailed from Mumbai, India. Danish graduated with a degree in Economics from Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi. He had a degree in Mass Communication from the AJK Mass Communication Research Centre at Jamia in 2007. He had received the Pulitzer Prize as while working for Reuters.
Meanwhile, a Taliban Twitter user said “Danish Siddiqui was a Reuters reporter. The journalist must be impartial. He will die when he appears in the enemy’s ranks.”
Recently, Pakistani Air force has warned the Afghan National Army (ANA) and the Afghan Air Force that any move to dislodge the Taliban from the Spin Boldak area will be faced and repelled by the Pakistan Air Force.
Afghan army launched a mission to retake the Spin Boldak from the Taliban, but retreated after Pakistani officials warned the Afghan army.