At a time when the world is mourning the killing of Danish Siddiqui, a Pulitzer Prize successful Indian photojournalist who labored for Reuters news company, in Afghanistan whereas masking the fierce combating between Taliban militants and Afghan troops, the Taliban has ‘denied any involvement in his death’ saying they have no idea how he died.
CNN-News 18 has quoted Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid saying that ‘they don’t seem to be conscious throughout whose firing the journalist was killed and that they do not know how he died’.
Speaking to CNN-News18, Taliban spokesperson expressed remorse on Danish Siddiqui’s demise saying ‘they’re sorry for his death’.
Furthermore, the Taliban spokesperson knowledgeable CNN-News18 that, ‘if any journalist is coming into a battle zone then they need to learn about in order that they’ll take correct care of the person’.
Siddiqui died throughout an project in Kandahar
Siddiqui, 38, was on an project masking the clashes in the unstable Kandahar area, because the US withdraws its forces from Afghanistan forward of the August 31 deadline set by President Joe Biden.
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Afghan particular forces had been combating to retake the principle market space of Spin Boldak in Kandahar province when Siddiqui and a senior Afghan officer had been killed in what they described as Taliban crossfire, an Afghan commander instructed Reuters.
“We are deeply saddened to be taught that our photographer, Danish Siddiqui, has been killed in Afghanistan,” Reuters President Michael Friedenberg and Editor-in-Chief Alessandra Galloni mentioned in a press release.
He was embedded with Afghanistan’s particular forces in Kandahar province once they got here underneath assault on Friday morning.
“Danish was an impressive, Pulitzer prize-winning journalist, a loyal husband and father, and a much-loved colleague. Our ideas are along with his household at this horrible time,” they mentioned.
“We are urgently in search of extra data, working with authorities in the area,” the assertion mentioned.
India condemns killing of Danish Siddiqui at UN
At the United Nations, India strongly condemned the killing of Siddiqui.
“We condemn the killing of an Indian Photo Journalist Danish Siddiqui whereas he was on a reporting project in Kandahar in Afghanistan yesterday. I lengthen our sincerest condolences to his bereaved household,” Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla mentioned whereas talking on the UN Security Council briefing on ‘Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict: Preserving Humanitarian Space’.
Afghanistan President condemns Siddiqui’s killing
Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani mentioned he’s “deeply saddened with the surprising studies” that Siddiqui was killed whereas masking the Taliban atrocities in Kandahar.
“While I lengthen my heartfelt condolences to Siddiqui’s household and likewise to our media household, I reiterate my authorities’s unwavering dedication to freedom of speech and safety of free media and journalists,” Ghani mentioned.
Afghanistan’s ambassador to India, Farid Mamundzay, mentioned he was deeply disturbed by the news of “the killing of a good friend”.
“I met him 2 weeks in the past earlier than his departure to Kabul. Condolences to his household & Reuters,” Mamundzay tweeted.
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