SPIN BOLDAK, Afghanistan, July 16 (Reuters) – Reuters journalist Danish Siddiqui was killed on Friday whereas overlaying a conflict between Afghan safety forces and Taliban fighters close to a border crossing with Pakistan, an Afghan commander stated.
Afghan particular forces had been combating to retake the primary market space of Spin Boldak when Siddiqui and a senior Afghan officer have been killed in what they described as Taliban crossfire, the official informed Reuters.
Siddiqui had been embedded as a journalist since earlier this week with Afghan particular forces primarily based within the southern province of Kandahar and had been reporting on fighting between Afghan commandos and Taliban fighters.
“We’re urgently in search of extra data, working with authorities within the area,” Reuters President Michael Friedenberg and Editor-in-Chief Alessandra Galloni stated in an announcement.
“Danish was an excellent journalist, a faithful husband and father, and a much-loved colleague. Our ideas are along with his household at this horrible time.”
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani stated in an announcement on Twitter that he was “deeply saddened with the stunning reviews” of Siddiqui’s dying and prolonged condolences to his household.
Siddiqui informed Reuters he had been wounded within the arm by shrapnel earlier on Friday whereas reporting on the conflict. He was handled and Taliban fighters later retreated from the combating in Spin Boldak.
Siddiqui had been speaking to shopkeepers when the Taliban attacked once more, the Afghan commander stated.
Reuters was unable to independently confirm the small print of the renewed combating described by the Afghan army official, who requested to not be recognized earlier than Afghanistan’s Defence Ministry made an announcement.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid stated the Taliban had not been conscious there was a journalist reporting from the location of what he described as a “fierce battle” and that it was not clear how Siddiqui had been killed.
Siddiqui was a part of the Reuters images workforce to win the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Function Pictures for documenting the Rohingya refugee disaster, a collection described by the judging committee as “stunning images that uncovered the world to the violence Rohingya refugees confronted in fleeing Myanmar”.
A Reuters photographer since 2010, Siddiqui’s work spanned the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Rohingya refugee disaster, the Hong Kong protests and Nepal earthquakes. In latest months, his searing images capturing the coronavirus pandemic in India have been revealed the world over.
Taliban fighters had seized the border space on Wednesday, the second-largest crossing on the border with Pakistan and one of the vital essential aims they’ve achieved throughout a speedy advance throughout the nation as U.S. forces pull out after 20 years of battle.
Thirty-three journalists have been killed in Afghanistan between 2018 and 2021, the United Nations stated in a report this 12 months.
Ten journalists have been killed on April 30, 2018, together with 9 reporters and photographers who died in a suicide bomb assault in Kabul, and a journalist working for the Afghan language service of the BBC who was shot within the japanese metropolis of Khost.
That day was the deadliest for the nation’s media for the reason that Taliban have been ousted in a U.S.-led marketing campaign in 2001.
On Nov. 19, 2001, Reuters journalists Harry Burton from Australia and Afghan-born Azizullah Haidari have been additionally killed by gunmen who stopped their convoy on the street to Kabul from the Pakistani border. They have been travelling to Kabul to cowl the autumn of the Taliban regime.
Reporting by Abdul Qadir Sediqi, Orooj Hakimi in Kabul; Rupam Jain in Mumbai; Gibran Peshimam in Islamabad
Writing by Kevin Krolicki
Enhancing by Robert Birsel and Nick Tattersall
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