Indian journalist, Pulitzer Prize Winner, Danish Siddiqui died while filming a fierce battle between the Taliban and government forces in Afghanistan. This news was confirmed by Afghanistan’s ambassador to India Farid Mamundzay in a tweet and expressed his condolences to his family.
Farid’s tweet is as follows, “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.”
Afghanistan’s TOLO news reported that Indian journalist Siddiqui(40) was killed in clashes between government forces and Taliban militants in the Spin Boldak district of Kandahar province. He has been covering the situation in Kandahar for the past few days.
Siddiqui hails from Mumbai and holds a degree in Economics from Jamia Millia Islamia University in Delhi. He graduated in Mass Communications in 2007 from the AJK Mass Communications Research Center in Jamia. He started his career as a television news correspondent and then moved on to photojournalism. And joined Reuters in 2010.
The Taliban captured the Spin Boldak district in Kandahar earlier this week. It was known that fierce fighting between the Taliban and Afghan forces has been going on here for the past few days. The Taliban recently claimed 85 per cent control of Afghanistan’s territory.