Reuters journalist killed while covering a clash between Afghan forces and the Taliban


According to an Afghan commander, Danish Siddiqui a Reuters journalist, was killed on Friday (July 16) while reporting a confrontation between Afghan security forces and Taliban insurgents near the Pakistani border.
According to the official, Mr. Siddiqui and a senior Afghan officer were killed in what they claimed as Taliban crossfire by Afghan special forces battling to recapture the major market area of Spin Boldak.
Mr. Siddiqui had been reporting on combat between Afghan commandos and Taliban fighters since earlier this week when he was infiltrated as a journalist with Afghan special forces located in the southern province of Kandahar.
In a statement, Reuters President Michael Friedenberg and Editor-in-Chief Alessandra Galloni stated, “We are immediately seeking additional information, collaborating with authorities in the region.”
“Danish was a brilliant journalist, a loving husband and parent, and a well-liked coworker. At this difficult time, our sympathies are with his family.”Mr. Siddiqui told Reuters that he was hit in the arm by shrapnel while reporting on the clash earlier on Friday. When Taliban fighters retreated from the battle in Spin Boldak he was being treated and recuperating.
The Taliban assaulted again while Mr. Siddiqui was chatting to shops, according to the Afghan commander.
Reuters could not independently verify the circumstances of the fresh combat detailed by the Afghan military officer, who requested anonymity until the Defense Ministry of Afghanistan issued a statement.
Mr. Siddiqui was a member of the Reuters photographic team that won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography in 2018 to cover the Rohingya refugee crisis. Mr. Siddiqui has been a Reuters photographer since 2010, covering battles in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Rohingya refugee crisis, Hong Kong demonstrations and earthquakes in Nepal.
On Wednesday, Taliban militants took control of the border region the second-largest crossing on the Pakistani border and one of the most critical goals they’ve achieved during a fast march throughout the nation as US soldiers withdraw.


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