Thursday, August 5, 2021

Indian photojournalist Siddiqui dies in Kandahar

caught in Taliban crossfire

An Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui, working for news agency Reuters was killed in Kandahar on Thursday evening. Siddiqui was riding along with the Afghan Special Forces and had been reporting the war against Taliban in Afghanistan, especially Kandahar. Siddiqui along with a senior Afghan officer was killed in Taliban crossfire. Siddiqui had sent a message to his head office that he was hit by a shaapnel. He was wounded in the arm but was treated for it. When the photojournalist was talking to the shopkeepers he was attacked once again by the Taliban.

“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 Friedernberg and Editor-in-Chief Alessandra Galloni said in a statement. Danish Siddiqui won Pulitzer prize in 2018 for his work on the Rohingya refugee crisis.

 A few days ago about 50 diplomats in Kandahar consulate were evacuated by India in view of the Taliban attacks on the city. Taliban has been trying to take control of Afghanistan after the Americans and their allies had left.

Muhammad Danish Siddiqui was head of Reuter’s multimedia team in India and his devastating drone images of the funeral pyres during the deadly second corona wave were highlights of his excellent work. He graduated in Economics from Jamia Millia Islamia in Delhi.  He had also done a degree in Mass Communication from AJK Mass Communication Research Centre at jamia. He joined Reuters in 2010.

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