The Taliban executed Pulitzer Prize-winning Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui after verifying his identity.
According to the Washington Examiner report, Siddiqui travelled with an Afghan National Army team to the Spin Boldak region to cover fighting between Afghan forces and the Taliban to control the lucrative border crossing with Pakistan.
According to PTI, when they got to within one-third of a mile of the customs post, a Taliban attack split the team, with the commander and a few men separated from Siddiqui, who remained with three other Afghan troops.
During this assault, the shrapnel hit Siddiqui, and so he and his team went to a local mosque where he received first aid.
After the word spread that a journalist was in the mosque, the Taliban arrived there and carried out the execution.
The local investigation suggests the Taliban attacked the mosque only because of Siddiqui’s presence there.
“Siddiqui was alive when the Taliban captured him. The Taliban verified Siddiqui’s identity and then executed him, as well as those with him. The commander and the remainder of his team died as they tried to rescue him,” it said.
Micheal Rubin, who is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, reviewed photographs and a video of Siddiqui’s body that show the Taliban beat him around the head and then riddled his body with bullets.
The Taliban’s decision to execute Siddiqui, and then mutilate his corpse shows that the Taliban do not respect the rules of war or conventions that govern the behaviour of the global community, the report said.
Siddiqui had won the Pulitzer Prize in 2018 for his coverage of the Rohingya crisis. He had extensively covered the Afghanistan conflict, the Hong Kong protests and other major events in Asia, Middle East, and Europe.
Siddiqui was laid to rest at the Jamia Millia Islamia graveyard after his body arrived at the Delhi airport on the evening of July 18.