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‘We are sorry’: Taliban denies role in photojournalist Danish Siddiqui’s killing: Report

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The Taliban has said it does know how Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui was killed and expressed regret over the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist’s death in Afghanistan’s Kandahar during clashes between its fighters and Afghan forces.

“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.

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

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

According to PTI, the Taliban has handed over Danish Siddiqui’s body to the International Committee of the Red Cross, citing sources acquainted with the situation (ICRC). India has been informed of the Taliban’s decision to hand over the body to the ICRC, and Indian authorities are seeking to recover it, according to the report.

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