‘Multiple gunshot wounds’ killed Pulitzer-winning photojournalist Danish Siddiqui

‘Multiple gunshot wounds’ killed Pulitzer-winning photojournalist Danish Siddiqui

The award-winning photojournalist was embedded with Afghan Special Forces at the time of his death.

Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui died of multiple gunshots, the Indian Embassy in Kabul confirmed on Sunday. His mortal remains are expected to arrive at 5.40 pm by an Air India flight from Kabul.

The body of the Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist will be laid to rest at the Jamia Millia Islamia graveyard.

Issuing a statement, Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) Vice-Chancellor said they had accepted the request of the family of Danish Siddiqui to bury his body at the JMI graveyard. Jamia graveyard is meant exclusively for university employees, their spouses and minor child.

Siddiqui had studied at AJK Mass Communication Research Centre (MCRC) from 2005 -2007, and his father, Akhtar Siddiqui, was the Dean of Faculty of Education there.

Siddiqui, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2018, worked for Reuters news agency and was killed by the Taliban on Friday in Spin Boldak, near the border with Pakistan.

The award-winning photojournalist was embedded with Afghan Special Forces at the time of his death.

Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui died of multiple gunshots, the Indian Embassy in Kabul confirmed on Sunday. His mortal remains are expected to arrive at 5.40 pm by an Air India flight from Kabul.

The body of the Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist will be laid to rest at the Jamia Millia Islamia graveyard.

Issuing a statement, Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) Vice-Chancellor said they had accepted the request of the family of Danish Siddiqui to bury his body at the JMI graveyard. Jamia graveyard is meant exclusively for university employees, their spouses and minor child.

Siddiqui had studied at AJK Mass Communication Research Centre (MCRC) from 2005 -2007, and his father, Akhtar Siddiqui, was the Dean of Faculty of Education there.

Siddiqui, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2018, worked for Reuters news agency and was killed by the Taliban on Friday in Spin Boldak, near the border with Pakistan.

The award-winning photojournalist was embedded with Afghan Special Forces at the time of his death.

‘Multiple gunshot wounds’ killed Pulitzer-winning photojournalist Danish Siddiqui
Body of Indian Photojournalist Danish Siddiqui handed over by Taliban to Red Cross: Report

Taliban denies killing Danish Siddiqui

Meanwhile, the Taliban has denied any role in the death of Siddiqui.

Talking to CNN-News 18, Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid said they do not know during whose firing the journalist was killed.

We do not know how he died; claimed Mujahid and expressed regret over Siddiqui’s death.

He further said that journalists should “inform” the Taliban before entering war zones.

“Any journalist entering the war zone must inform us. We will take proper care of that particular individual. We regret that they are entering a war zone without intimation to us. We are sorry for Indian journalist Danish Siddiqui’s death,” he said.

Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla had condemned the killing of Siddiqui and also extended condolences to the bereaved family of the journalists at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) meeting on Friday.

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