Danish Siddiqui, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist for Reuters, has been killed in Afghanistan.
Danish Siddiqui, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Reuters photojournalist, was killed on the front lines of the Afghan conflict near Kandahar on Friday. President Michael Friedenberg and editor-in-chief Alessandra Galloni of Reuters verified the news in a joint statement, saying they were "urgently seeking more facts, collaborating with authorities in the region."
Siddiqui, a professional photographer for Reuters since 2010, was killed by Taliban gunfire while covering Afghan Special Forces' efforts to reclaim the major market area of Spin Boldok, close to the Pakistani border.
Farid Mamundzay, Afghanistan's envoy, was among the first to announce Siddiqui's death on Friday, saying he was "very disturbed by the tragic news of the killing of a friend."
Arindam Bagchi, a spokesperson for India's foreign ministry, said the administration is in contact with the Siddiqui family as well as Afghan authorities.