Reuters journalist killed overlaying conflict between Afghan forces, Taliban

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SPIN BOLDAK, Afghanistan, July 16 (Reuters) – Reuters journalist Danish Siddiqui used to be killed on Friday whilst overlaying a conflict between Afghan safety forces and Taliban opponents close to a border crossing with Pakistan, an Afghan commander mentioned.

Afghan particular forces were combating to retake the principle marketplace space of Spin Boldak when Siddiqui and a senior Afghan officer have been killed in what they described as Taliban crossfire, the professional instructed Reuters.

Siddiqui were embedded as a journalist since previous this week with Afghan particular forces primarily based within the southern province of Kandahar and were reporting on combating between Afghan commandos and Taliban opponents.

“We are urgently seeking more information, working with authorities in the region,” Reuters President Michael Friedenberg and Editor-in-Chief Alessandra Galloni mentioned in a remark.

“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.”

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani mentioned in a remark on Twitter that he used to be “deeply saddened with the shocking reports” of Siddiqui’s demise and prolonged condolences to his circle of relatives.

Siddiqui instructed Reuters he were wounded within the arm by way of shrapnel previous on Friday whilst reporting at the conflict. He used to be handled and Taliban opponents later retreated from the combating in Spin Boldak.

Siddiqui were chatting with shopkeepers when the Taliban attacked once more, the Afghan commander mentioned.

Reuters used to be not able to independently check the main points of the renewed combating described by way of the Afghan army professional, who requested to not be known ahead of Afghanistans Defence Ministry made a remark.

Photograph of Reuters journalist Danish Siddiqui REUTERS

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid mentioned the Taliban had now not been mindful there used to be a journalist reporting from the website of what he described as a “fierce battle” and that it used to be now not transparent how Siddiqui were killed.

PRIZE-WINNING PHOTOGRAPHY

Siddiqui used to be a part of the Reuters pictures workforce to win the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for documenting the Rohingya refugee disaster, a chain described by way of the judging committee as “shocking photographs that exposed the world to the violence Rohingya refugees faced in fleeing Myanmar”.

A Reuters photographer since 2010, Siddiqui’s paintings spanned the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Rohingya refugee disaster, the Hong Kong protests and Nepal earthquakes. In contemporary months, his searing pictures taking pictures the coronavirus pandemic in India had been printed the world over.

[Slideshow – ‘I shoot for the common man’: Danish Siddiqui’s finest work]

Taliban opponents had seized the border space on Wednesday, the second-largest crossing at the border with Pakistan and one of the vital vital goals they have got accomplished all the way through a fast advance around the nation as U.S. forces pull out after twenty years of struggle.

Thirty-three newshounds have been killed in Afghanistan between 2018 and 2021, the United Nations mentioned in a file this 12 months.

Ten newshounds have been killed on April 30, 2018, together with 9 newshounds and photographers who died in a suicide bomb assault in Kabul, and a journalist running for the Afghan language carrier of the BBC who used to be shot within the jap town of Khost.

That day used to be the deadliest for the rustic’s media because the Taliban have been ousted in a U.S.-led marketing campaign in 2001.

On Nov. 19, 2001, Reuters newshounds Harry Burton from Australia and Afghan-born Azizullah Haidari have been additionally killed by way of gunmen who stopped their convoy at the highway to Kabul from the Pakistani border. They have been travelling to Kabul to hide the autumn of the Taliban regime.

Reporting by way of Abdul Qadir Sediqi, Orooj Hakimi in Kabul; Rupam Jain in Mumbai; Gibran Peshimam in Islamabad; Writing by way of Kevin Krolicki; Editing by way of Robert Birsel and Nick Tattersall

Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.


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