Reuters journalist Danish Siddiqui was killed on Friday whereas protecting a conflict between Afghan safety forces and Taliban fighters close to a border crossing with Pakistan, an Afghan commander mentioned.
Afghan particular forces had been preventing to retake the principle market space of Spin Boldak when Mr Siddiqui and a senior Afghan officer had been killed in what they described as Taliban crossfire, the official advised Reuters.
Mr Siddiqui had been embedded as a journalist since earlier this week with Afghan particular forces based mostly within the southern province of Kandahar and had been reporting on preventing between Afghan commandos and Taliban fighters.
“We are urgently seeking more information, working with authorities in the region,” Reuters President Michael Friedenberg and Editor-in-Chief Alessandra Galloni mentioned in a press release.
“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.”
Mr Siddiqui advised Reuters he had been wounded within the arm by shrapnel earlier on Friday whereas reporting on the conflict. He was handled and had been recovering when Taliban fighters retreated from the preventing in Spin Boldak.
Mr Siddiqui had been speaking to shopkeepers when the Taliban attacked once more, the Afghan commander mentioned.
Reuters was unable to independently confirm the small print of the renewed preventing described by the Afghan army official, who requested to not be recognized earlier than Afghanistan’s Defence Ministry made a press release.
Mr Siddiqui was a part of the Reuters pictures staff to win the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for documenting the Rohingya refugee disaster.
A Reuters photographer since 2010, Siddiqui’s work spanned protecting the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Rohingya refugees disaster, the Hong Kong protests and Nepal earthquakes.
Taliban fighters had captured the border space on Wednesday, the second-largest crossing on the border with Pakistan and one of the crucial essential goals they’ve achieved throughout a speedy advance throughout the nation as US forces pull out.
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