Pulitzer Prize-winning press photographer’s body returns home to India
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New Delhi (AFP)
Danish Pulitzer Prize-winning press photographer Siddiqui was buried in the Indian capital on Sunday, two days after being killed while covering fighting between Afghan security forces and the Taliban near a border post with Pakistan.
Siddiqui, an Indian national of the Reuters news agency, was part of the Afghan special forces in the former Taliban stronghold of Kandahar when he died, the news agency said on Friday.
The body of the 38-year-old arrived in New Delhi on a flight from Afghanistan on Sunday evening and his coffin was taken to his home where hundreds of friends and media colleagues had gathered at the ‘outside.
An estimated 500 people then participated in the final prayers for Siddiqui at his alma mater, Jamia Millia Islamia University in Delhi, according to an AFP photographer on campus.
He was then buried in the cemetery of the university campus.
Tributes had poured in for Siddiqui in India after news of his death was announced.
Candlelight vigils were organized by journalists in several Indian cities on Saturday.
Siddiqui was part of a team that shared the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for background photography for documenting the Rohingya refugee crisis.
He had also covered the war in Iraq, protests in Hong Kong and earthquakes in Nepal since he started working for Reuters in 2010, the agency said.
Afghanistan has long been one of the most dangerous countries in the world for the media.
Several journalists, including women, have been killed in targeted attacks since the Taliban and Washington signed an agreement in February 2020 that paved the way for the withdrawal of foreign forces.
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