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Pulitzer award-winning Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui, Chief Photographer of Reuters in India, was killed on Thursday in clashes between Afghan special forces and Taliban attackers. As per Reuters Siddiqui was in the main market of Spin Boldak when he was caught in a crossfire. The news of Siddiqui's death was shared by Farid Mamumdzay, Afghanistan's Ambassador to India.
Mamundzay tweeted: "Deeply disturbed by the sad news of the killing of a friend, Danish Siddiqui in Kandhar last night. The Indian journalist and winner of Pultizer Prize was embedded with Afghan security forces. I met him 2 weeks ago before his departure to Kabul. Condolences to his family and Reuters."
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, in a condolence message, expressed solidarity with the media, saying his government was committed to upholding freedom of expression. “I am deeply saddened with the shocking reports that Reuters Photojournalist Danish Siddiqui was killed while covering the Taliban atrocities in Kandahar," Ghani stated.
In 2018, Siddiqui became the first Indian alongside colleague Adnan Abidi to win the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography as part of the photography staff of Reuters for documenting the Rohingya Refugee Crisis.