The Taliban has expressed sadness over the murder of Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui, who was killed in Kandahar, Afghanistan, amid battles between Taliban members and Afghan authorities.
The militant group further said that it does not know how the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist was killed.
“We are not aware during whose firing the journalist was killed. We do not know 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 death. We regret that journalists are entering war zone without intimation to us,” he added.
Siddiqui, a Reuters photojournalist, was killed in the Spin Boldak region of Kandahar, Afghanistan, during clashes on Friday.
Quoting the Afghan commander Reuters reported that Afghan special forces had been fighting to retake the main market area of Spin Boldak when Siddiqui and a senior Afghan officer were killed in what they described as Taliban crossfire.
Siddiqui was reporting on the situation in Kandahar in the context of Afghanistan’s internal security situation over the last two days before he was killed.