In a sad turn of events, Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui was killed in Spin Boldak district in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Danish had been reporting the clash between Afghan security forces and the Taliban fighters since earlier this week. According to the officials, Danish was talking to the shopkeepers when he was shot in arms during the crossfire by the Taliban. He had reported his injury to Reuters earlier while covering against the Taliban.
He was given treatment and was reportedly recovering. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani offered his condolences via Twitter. “I am deeply saddened with the shocking reports that Reuters Photojournalist Danish Siddiqui was killed while covering the Taliban atrocities in Kandahar. While I extend my heartfelt condolences to Siddiqui’s family and also to our media family,”We are urgently seeking more information, working with authorities in the region," "Danish was an outstanding journalist, a devoted husband and father, and a much-loved colleague.
Our thoughts are with his family at this terrible time." Reuters President Michael Friedenberg and Editor-in-Chief Alessandra Galloni said in a statement.External affairs ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said the Indian ambassador in Kabul was in touch with Afghan authorities regarding the situation. He said, “We are keeping his family informed of the developments".For the unversed,
Danish Siddiqui was the head of the Reuters multimedia team in India. Danish joined Reuters as a photographer in 2010. He was also a part of the 2018 Pulitzer prize-winning team for capturing the Rohingya refugee crisis. He also headed the coverage of India's second Covid wave highlighting the mass cremation that shook the entire world. Ever since the news of his death has broken, a tremendous amount of condolences are outpouring from all over the world.
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