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Pulitzer-winning news photographer buried in India

Danish Siddiqui was part of a team that shared the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for documenting the Rohingya crisis

AFP, New Delhi

AFP, New Delhi

Published: July 19, 2021 05:19 AM GMT

Updated: July 19, 2021 05:25 AM GMT

Pulitzer-winning news photographer buried in India

Mourners pray near the mortal remains of Danish Siddiqui before his burial in New Delhi on July 18. (Photo: AFP)

Pulitzer Prize-winning news photographer Danish Siddiqui was buried in India's capital on July 18, two days after he was killed covering fighting between Afghan security forces and the Taliban near a border crossing with Pakistan.

Siddiqui, an Indian national with Reuters news agency, was embedded with Afghan special forces in the former Taliban bastion of Kandahar when he died, the news agency said.

The 38-year-old's body arrived in New Delhi on a flight from Afghanistan on July 18 and his coffin was taken to his home where hundreds of friends and news media colleagues had gathered outside.

An estimated 500 people later took part in final prayers for Siddiqui at his alma mater, Jamia Millia Islamia university, in Delhi. He was then buried in the graveyard on the university campus.

Tributes poured in for Siddiqui in India after reports of his death.

Candlelight vigils were held by journalists in several Indian cities on July 17.

Afghanistan has long been one of the world's most dangerous countries for the news media

Siddiqui was part of a team that shared the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for documenting the Rohingya refugee crisis.

He had also covered the war in Iraq, the Hong Kong protests and Nepal earthquakes since he started working for Reuters in 2010.

Afghanistan has long been one of the world's most dangerous countries for the news media.

Several journalists, including women, have been killed in targeted attacks since the Taliban and Washington signed a deal in February 2020 that paved the way for the withdrawal of foreign forces.

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