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    Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui killed in Afghanistan clashes

    Danish Siddiqui was covering the situation in Afghanistan's Kandahar amid heightened tension where he had tagged along with Afghan Special Forces.

    Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui killed in Afghanistan clashes

    Guwahati: Indian photojournalist Danish Siddique, a Pulitzer Prize winner, has been killed in Afghanistan’s Kandahar while on a reporting assignment embedded with Afghan security forces.

    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.”

    For over the last few days, Danish Siddiqui was covering the situation in Afghanistan’s Kandahar amid heightened tension in the area. He had tagged along with the Afghan Special Forces on some missions, he informed via a tweet. He reportedly died when the Afghan Special Forces came under attack by Taliban.

    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 had said in of his tweets.

    Siddiqui had started his career as a television news correspondent and later switched to photojournalism. He was a photojournalist with international news agency Reuters and worked as a correspondent with the India Today Group from September 2008 to January 2010.

    In 2018, Danish Siddiqui and his colleague Adnan Abidi had won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for documenting the Rohingya Refugee Crisis as part of the Reuters team.

    As a photojournalist, Danish Siddiqui covered wide rage of issues across the world. Some of his major works include covering the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Rohingya refugees crisis, Hong Kong protests and Nepal earthquakes.

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