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The Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui, the winner of a Pulitzer Prize and the chief photographer of Reuters in India, died on Friday when he was covering the clashes between Taliban and Afghan security forces near the border with Pakistan in the border city of Spin Boldak, in the southern province of Kandahar, local sources confirmed.

The photojournalist traveled to Kandahar to cover the clashes that were taking place in the area after the capture last Wednesday of one of the border crossings that connects Afghanistan with neighboring Pakistan by insurgents.

“We are urgently seeking more information, working with authorities in the region,” Reuters President Michael Friedenberg and Editor-in-Chief Alessandra Galloni said in a statement.

“Danish was an outstanding journalist, a devoted husband and father, and a much-loved colleague. Our thoughts are with his family at this terrible time.”

In and around Kandahar, the capital of the same-named province in the south, fierce combat has been reported. The Taliban have taken control of important areas around the capital and are fighting Afghan troops in a police district on the outside.

On July 10, India withdrew 50 ambassadors, support staff, and security officers from the consulate in Kandahar on an Indian Air Force aircraft, citing increasing security concerns in the city.

After the Taliban seized a major border crossing linking Chaman in Pakistan’s Balochistan province, intense combat has erupted in Spin Boldak area in recent days.

Photo by BANARAS KHAN/AFP via Getty Images

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