An Afghan commander said that Danish Siddiqui, Reuters news reporter, has been murdered while reporting a conflict between the Taliban fighters and Afghan security forces close to the border crossing with the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
On Friday, the official described to Reuters news company that Afghan forces had been battling to recapture a significant market spot of Spin Boldak when a senior Afghan office and journalist Danish Siddiqui were killed. They labeled it as ‘Taliban crossfire.’
The journalist Siddiqui had been rooted as a journalist since last week with the special forces of Afghanistan based in Kandahar. The reporter had been covering the clash between the Taliban fighters and Afghan commandos.
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
In a statement, Michael Friedenberg (Reuters President) and Alessandra Galloni (Editor-in-Chief) described that they are urgently finding more information, operating with authorities in the area.
They said Danish Siddiqui was an excellent journalist, a father and a devoted husband, and a much-loved colleague. They continued that their thoughts are with Danish’s family at this disastrous time.
Danish Siddiqui was injured by shrapnel
Earlier on Friday, he described to Reuters he had been injured in the arm by weapon while covering the conflict between the Taliban fighters and Afghan special forces. Danish was treated had been recovering after the attackers from the Taliban side retreated from the skirmish in Spin Bodak.
The Afghan commander further described that Danish Siddiqui was negotiating with shopkeepers as the Taliban fighters assaulted again.
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
The news agency Reuters explained it wasn’t able to independently recognize the details of the renewed clash defined by the Afghan military authorized, who enquired not to be recognized before the Defense Ministry of Afghanistan released a declaration.
The news reporter Danish was part of the news agency Reuters photography crew to win the ‘2018 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography’ for covering and documenting the Rohingya immigrant disaster.
He was a serving in the news agency Reuters as a photographer since 2010, his work spanned covering the battles in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Hong Kong protests, the Rohingya refugee crisis, and Nepal earthquakes.
On Wednesday, the Taliban attackers had obtained the border region, which is the 2nd largest border crossing with the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and one of the most crucial objectives they have achieved during an abrupt advance across the nation as American troops left the country.