Taliban Expresses Regret, Denies Role In Photojournalist Danish Siddiqui’s Death

BP World Bureau | Jul 17 2021
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KABUL, AFGHANISTAN: Taliban expressed regret over photojournalist Danish Siddiqui's death in Kandahar during clashes between its fighters and Afghan forces.

Taliban’s spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid said that the organisation denied any role in his killing, saying that they don't know who fired and how he died. 

38-year-old Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist was killed while covering a clash between Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters near a border crossing with Pakistan.

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“Any journalist entering the war zone should inform us. We will take proper care of that particular individual," said Mujahid.

During a Taliban crossfire, where Afghan special forces had been fighting to retake the main market area of Spin Boldak, a journalist and a soldier died. 

Taliban has handed the body of Danish Siddiqui to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and India has been informed of the same. 

Siddiqui is survived by his wife and two young children. He is a self taught journalist who took images from conflict areas, capturing how it affected human lives. He has a master’s degree in mass communications from Jamia Milia Islamia in 2007.

Siddiqui, the chief photographer for Reuters in India, was with Afghan security forces.