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Reuters journalist Danish Siddiqui killed in Afghanistan

A native of New Delhi, Siddiqui, 38, was covering a clash between Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters near a border crossing with Pakistan

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Reuters journalist Danish Siddiqui has been killed in Afghanistan on Friday.

He was killed on Friday while covering a clash between Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters near a border crossing with Pakistan, an Afghan commander said.

Siddiqui had been talking to shopkeepers when the Taliban attacked again, according to an Afghan commander.

A native of New Delhi, Siddiqui, 38, is survived by his wife Rike and two young children.

 

As being reported, Reuters was unable to independently verify the details of the renewed fighting described by the Afghan military official, who asked not to be identified before Afghanistan’s Defence Ministry made a statement.

“We are urgently seeking more information, working with authorities in the region,” Reuters President Michael Friedenberg and Editor-in-Chief Alessandra Galloni said in a statement.

“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.”

On the other hand, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid stated that the Taliban had not been aware there was a journalist reporting from the site of what he described as a “fierce battle”, and that it was not clear how Siddiqui had been killed.

A Reuters photographer since 2010, Siddiqui was part of the Reuters photography team to win the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for documenting the Rohingya refugee crisis.

He had covered the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Rohingya refugees crisis, the Hong Kong protests, and Nepal earthquakes.

 

the authorSaman Siddiqui
Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.