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Danish Siddiqui

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The Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui, who was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, was killed in Afghanistan, said the country’s ambassador in Delhi.

Siddiqui, chief photographer for the Reuters news agency in India, was on a mission in Afghanistan after his death.

He was reportedly placed in an Afghan army convoy that was attacked by Taliban fighters near an important border post with Pakistan.

There was no immediate response from the Indian government.

How many more died in the attack is unclear.

Afghanistan’s Ambassador to India, Farid Mamundzay, said he was deeply concerned about the news “of the murder of a friend”.

Siddiqui is based in Mumbai and has worked with Reuters for more than a decade.

In 2018 he won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Film Photography. He won it over with his colleague Adnan Abidi and five others for their work documenting the violence among the Rohingya minority in Myanmar.

Recently, his photos of the mass funeral at the height of India’s devastating second wave went viral, earning him praise and worldwide recognition.

“While I love covering the news, from business to politics to sports, what I like most is capturing the human face of a breakup story,” Siddiqui told Reuters.

Siddiqui was in a post covering the fighting in the Kandahar area when the United States withdrew its troops from Afghanistan before President Joe Biden’s September 11 deadline.

The Taliban, an Islamic fundamentalist militia, controlled Afghanistan from the mid-1990s until the US invasion of 2001. The group was accused of serious violations of human and cultural rights.

With foreign troops in retreat after 20 years, the Taliban are rapidly recapturing territory across the country, fueling fears of a possible civil war.

Follow this link to see some of Siddiqui’s best work.

Earlier this year, Siddiqui told the BBC about his work on the second wave of Covid-19 in India:

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