DANISH Siddiqui, a Pulitzer Prize winning Indian photojournalist who worked for Reuters news agency, was killed on Friday in Afghanistan while covering the fierce fighting between Afghan troops and the Taliban militants near Spin Boldak border crossing with Pakistan in Kandahar province.
Siddiqui, in his early 40s, was on an assignment covering the clashes in the volatile Kandahar region. “We are deeply saddened to learn that our photographer, Danish Siddiqui, has been killed in Afghanistan,” Reuters President Michael Friedenberg and Editor-in-Chief Alessandra Galloni said in a statement on Friday.
“Danish was an outstanding, Pulitzer prize-winning journalist, a devoted husband and father, and a much-loved colleague. Our thoughts are with his family at this terrible time,” they said. The body Siddiqui has been handed over by the Taliban to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), sources said on Friday. India has been informed about the handing over of the body by the Taliban to the ICRC and Indian authorities are working on bringing it back, they said.