The Taliban has stated it does understand how Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui was killed and expressed remorse over the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist’s dying in Afghanistan’s Kandahar throughout clashes between its fighters and Afghan forces. “We are usually not conscious throughout whose firing the journalist was killed. We have no idea how he died,” Taliban’s spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid told CNN-News18 on Friday.

“Any journalist entering the war zone should inform us. We will take proper care of that particular individual,” Mujahid was quoted as saying by CNN-News18. “We are sorry for Indian journalist Danish Siddiqui’s dying. We remorse that journalists are coming into battle zone with out intimation to us,” he added.

Danish Siddiqui, a Reuters journalist, was killed on Friday while covering a clash between Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters close to a border crossing with Pakistan, the information company cited an Afghan commander as saying. He was 38.

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The Afghan commander instructed Reuters that Afghan particular forces had been preventing to retake the principle market space of Spin Boldak when Siddiqui and a senior Afghan officer were killed in what they described as Taliban crossfire. Reuters reported that Siddiqui and a senior Afghan officer were killed as the special forces unit fought to retake the main market area in Spin Boldak.

Photos: Photojournalist Danish Siddiqui’s last work from Kandahar, Afghanistan

“We are urgently searching for extra info, working with authorities within the area. Danish was an excellent journalist, a faithful husband and father, and a much-loved colleague. Our ideas are along with his household at this horrible time,” Reuters president Michael Friedenberg and editor-in-chief Alessandra Galloni stated in an announcement.

News company PTI reported citing individuals conversant in the mather that the physique of Danish Siddiqui has been handed over by the Taliban to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). India has been knowledgeable concerning the handing over of the physique by the Taliban to ICRC and Indian authorities are engaged on bringing it again, it reported.


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