A Pulitzer Prize-winning Both the Danish Siddiqui and a senior Afghan officer were killed by describing the Afghan commander as a Taliban fire.
Reuters photographer Siddiqui from Denmark covers monsoon floods and landslides in the upper reaches of India’s Gobindghat.
Reuters photographer Danish Siddiqui covers monsoon floods and landslides on the surface of India’s Gobindghat. | Rafiq Maqbool / AP photo
A Pulitzer Prize-winning Reuters Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Danish Siddiqui was killed on Friday in a clash between Afghan security forces and the Taliban, according to media reports.
According to Reuters, Siddiqui and a senior Afghan official were killed when the Afghan commander was portrayed as a Taliban fire as Afghan forces tried to take back Spin Boladak, the main market area in southern Afghanistan’s Kandahar province. Pakistan border.
Siddiqui, who began sinking Afghan troops into Kandahar this week, told Reuters on Friday early that he suffered a hand injury in the chapel during the fighting. He is said to be recovering from his injuries after Taliban fighters withdrew from Spin Boldak.
The Afghan commander told Reuters that the Taliban had launched a new attack as soon as Siddiqui spoke to traders in the area. The media could not independently verify the details of the second confrontation following Siddiqui’s death.
Earlier this week, Siddiqui released a sensitive Twitter thread documenting its time with Afghan forces as they launched a time-rescue operation with Afghans to rescue police injured trapped by Taliban fighters.
Among the photographs in his posts was a short video currently contacting a rocket-propelled grenade launcher used by the Taliban, where he and Afghan troops went into the evacuation area. Their mission was ultimately successful.
The final photo of Siddiqui features two Afghan soldiers sitting close, crossed, lying on green grass with their eyes closed. “I got a 15-minute break during the 15-hour back trip,” he wrote in the accompanying tweets. ”
Siddiqui retired in 2010 and was part of a group of photojournalists who won the 201 Pulitzer Prize for film photography for documenting the work of Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar.
Reuters President Michael Friedenberg and editor-in-chief Alessandra Galney said in a statement that they “urgently wanted more information” about Siddiqui’s death and “cooperation with the region’s authorities.”
“Danish was an excellent journalist, a dedicated husband and father, and many dear colleagues,” said Friedenberg and Galney. “Our thoughts are with his family at this terrible moment.”
On Wednesday, the Taliban announced the seizure of a strategic border crossing where Siddiqui was killed.
According to the Foundation for the Defense of Democracy, an Islamic fundamentalist group just last week occupied about 10 percent of Afghanistan and now controls 195 of the country’s 407 districts – while 129 are competing.
The U.S. is due to leave the country on Monday when U.S. Supreme Commander Afghanistan General Scott Miller is in the final stages of withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan. President Joe Biden announced last Thursday that the U.S. operation in Afghanistan will end on August 31 ahead of the September 11 self-imposed draw deadline.