Danish Siddiqui, Reuters Photojournalist, Is Killed in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Danish Siddiqui was killed whereas protecting a conflict between Afghan safety forces and the Taliban on Friday, as preventing between the insurgents and authorities troops intensifies throughout the nation.

Mr. Siddiqui, an Indian nationwide and Reuters workers journalist, was embedded with members of Afghanistan’s elite particular forces in the southern province of Kandahar, a former Taliban stronghold. He was killed on Friday morning when Afghan commandos, attempting to retake a district surrounding a border crossing with Pakistan, got here beneath Taliban fireplace, based on Reuters.

“We are urgently seeking more information, working with authorities in the region,” Michael Friedenberg, the president of Reuters, and Alessandra Galloni, the information company’s editor in chief, stated in a joint assertion. “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.”

“Danish was an outstanding journalist, a devoted husband and father, and a much-loved colleague,” the leaders of Reuters stated in an announcement.Credit…Reuters

Mr. Siddiqui, 38, had been a Reuters journalist since 2010 and coated occasions throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East, together with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In current years, he had earned a status amongst his friends in India for capturing among the strongest footage of a turbulent time in the nation and the area surrounding it.

In 2018, he was a part of a Reuters crew awarded the Pulitzer Prize for function images for protection of the Rohingya refugee disaster. His photographs of households fleeing on rickety boats to Bangladesh from neighboring Myanmar, in which the navy was conducting a marketing campaign of ethnic cleaning, have been printed in newspapers all over the world.

Mr. Siddiqui is the primary overseas reporter to be killed in the Afghan battle since U.S. and worldwide forces started withdrawing from the nation in May and the Taliban started a sweeping navy offensive, killing tons of of presidency troops and displacing tens of hundreds of civilians. In simply over two months, the insurgents have seized round 170 of the nation’s roughly 400 districts — solely a handful of which have been retaken by authorities forces.

The Taliban offensive has largely centered on rural districts. But since early July, the insurgents have seized a string of vital cities alongside Afghanistan’s borders with Iran, Turkmenistan, and Tajikistan, and have pushed their manner into 4 provincial capitals. Last week, the Taliban penetrated Kandahar metropolis, Afghanistan’s second largest metropolis, and this week captured an vital border crossing with Pakistan, Spin Boldak, in Kandahar Province.

Mr. Siddiqui had been embedded with the Afghan commandos in Kandahar in current days to report on their efforts to retake components of the province, based on Reuters. In a collection of Twitter posts on Tuesday, Mr. Siddiqui described a rescue mission the place commandos tried to save lots of a police officer trapped by Taliban insurgents on the outskirts of Kandahar metropolis.

taken by Mr. Siddiqui on Tuesday whereas embedded with Afghan commandos in Kandahar, Afghanistan.Credit…Danish Siddiqui/Reuters

“I could feel the tension in the air as A.S.F. were expecting an imminent attack from the Taliban,” he wrote, referring to the Afghan particular forces. “There was sporadic machine gun fire, but all hell broke loose as the Humvees reached the extraction point.”

Taliban insurgents fired on the commandos’ convoy, he stated. A video he posted reveals the intense yellow and orange flash of a rocket-propelled grenade hitting the armored plating of the Humvee in which he was using.

On Friday morning, as Afghan commandos started the operation to retake misplaced floor in the Spin Boldak district of Kandahar they met with Taliban resistance, based on Reuters.

Rohingya refugees alongside the border between Myanmar and Bangladesh in 2017. Mr. Siddiqui was a part of a Reuters crew that received the Pulitzer Prize for function images in 2018.Credit…Danish Siddiqui/Reuters

Mr. Siddiqui and several other members of the Afghan safety forces — together with an Afghan particular forces commander, Sadiq Karzai — have been killed in the preventing, native officers stated.

Mr. Siddiqui’s demise comes at a very harmful second for journalists in the nation. The United Nations estimates that 65 journalists, media professionals and human rights defenders have been killed in Afghanistan from January 2018 to January 2021. Since peace talks between the Afghan authorities and the Taliban started final yr, assaults on journalists have sharply elevated, based on a current Human Rights Watch report.

After the information of Mr. Siddiqui’s demise, the Afghan Journalists Safety Committee urged journalists protecting the battle to take all obligatory precautions and known as on the Taliban and authorities forces to make sure their security.

Tributes to the photographer additionally flooded social media.

“From humanitarian crises to life-threatening violence, Danish Siddiqui has captured some of the most iconic, defining photographs of the last decade,” Fatima Khan, a correspondent for The Print India, stated on Twitter.

Mr. Siddiqui documented the size of the coronavirus’ influence in India by photographing fields of funeral pyres.  Credit…Danish Siddiqui/Reuters

This spring, Mr. Siddiqui photographed the devastation the coronavirus wreaked throughout his residence nation of India. His haunting, nearly post-apocalyptic, pictures of crowded cremation grounds have been broadly seen all over the world because the gauge of the devastation.

The yr earlier than, his work was on the heart of reports protection after Prime Minister Narendra Modi amended the nation’s citizenship legal guidelines in a manner that was seen as discriminatory towards Muslims and protests erupted in India. Mr. Siddiqui’s photograph of a teenage right-wing activist brandishing a pistol at protesters, and opening fireplace as a row of cops stood behind him, was broadly circulated as proof of the emboldening of Hindu nationalists in India.

“Covering the Delhi riots together and the Covid-19 pandemic more recently — his most compelling images were about people, isolating the human element,” stated Devjyot Ghoshal, a Reuters colleague and frequent reporting companion of Mr. Siddiqui’s.

Mr. Siddiqui is survived by a spouse and two youngsters, based on a Reuters colleague in Delhi.

Mujib Mashal contributed reporting from New Delhi, and Taimoor Shah from Kandahar.