Danish Siddiqui, the international news agency Reuters’ winning Pulitzer photojournalist, was murdered in Afghanistan’s Kandahar.
In conjunction with the Afghan forces, after the US forces recently began to retire from Afghanistan, Mumbai-based Siddiqui Siddiqui covered their operations in Kandhar against the Taliban.
Recently the Taliban claimed that their fighters had taken over 85% of Afghanistan – a figure the government contested.
On 13 July, Siddiqui tweeted ‘lucky enough to be safe’ in a series of tweets, showing how the vehicle in which he was travelling was attacked by the Taliban.
In his early 40s. “At least three RPG rounds and other weapons were also targeted at the Humvee in which I travelled with other special forces.
Three days ago, he tweeted, I was fortunate enough to be safe and to pick up the view of one of the rockets hitting the armour plates overhead.
Afghan Ambassador to India Farid Mamundzay has expressed grief at the death of the Siddiqu family.
“Deply troubled by the tragic news of the murder last night in Kandahar of a friend, Danish Seddiqi. Including Afghan security forces, India’s Journalist & Pulitzer Prize winner.
Two weeks ago, I met him before leaving for Kabul. His family & Reuters condolences.”
In 2018, as part of the photographers staff at Reuters News Agency, Siddiqui based in Mumbai received the Pulitzer Prize for his report on the Rohingya Refugee crisis.
Siddiqui graduated from Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi with a degree in Economics.
In 2007, he received an AJK Mass Communications Research Centre’s degree in Mass Communications in Jamia. In 2010, he started his career in television news, moved to photojournalism and became an intern at Reuters.