“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,” Mamundzay tweeted on Friday.
कल रात कंधार में एक दोस्त दानिश सिद्दीकी की हत्या की दुखद खबर से गहरा दुख हुआ।भारतीय पत्रकार और पुलित्जर पुरस्कार… https://t.co/FaA0PeqPN6
— Farid Mamundzay फरीद मामुन्दजई فرید ماموندزی (@FMamundzay) 1626422083000
Siddiqui, in his early 40s, was killed during clashes in Spin Boldak district in Kandahar, Tolo News quoted sources as saying.
The Indian journalist was covering the situation in Kandahar over the last few days.
Siddiqui was based in Mumbai.
Siddiqui’s pictures capturing the plight of Rohingya refugees won him the Pulitzer award in 2018.
One of the pictures captured by Siddiqui that won him the Pulitzer Award. It shows an exhausted Rohingya refugee woman touches the shore after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border by boat through the Bay of Bengal. (Credits: Reuters)
He was part of a team of journalists that captured images of the refugees at their most vulnerable back in 2017.
Danish graduated with a degree in Economics from Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi. He had a degree in Mass Communication from the AJK Mass Communication Research Centre at Jamia in 2007.
Smoke is seen on the Myanmar border as Rohingya refugees walk on the shore after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border by boat (Reuters photo by Danish Siddiqui that was part of series that won Pulitzer for feature photography)
He started his career as a television news correspondent, switched to photojournalism, and joined Reuters as an intern in 2010.
Taliban fighters had captured the border area on Wednesday, the second-largest crossing on the border with Pakistan and one of the most important objectives they have achieved during a rapid advance across the country as US forces pull out.
(With inputs from PTI)