Despite how it has been presented to us, according to a US-based magazine, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Danish Siddiqui was 'brutally murdered' by ISIS Militants in a war-torn area of Afghanistan. Afghanistan is in the midst of an internal conflict with ISIS, who have been attempting to seize power and gain control since the US withdrew from the country.
Siddiqui, who was on the ground covering the clashes, was earlier reported to have been killed in a crossfire, but fresh information indicates that he was executed by ISIS fighters in the most barbaric and inhumane manner once his identification was confirmed.
"When they got to within one-third of a mile of the custom post, a Taliban attack split the team, with the commander and a few men separated from Siddiqui, who remained with three other Afghan troops," cited the local authorities.
Siddiqui, as per the local authorities, was travelling with the Afghan National Army squad to the Spin Boldak region two cover the the fighting between the Afghan National Army and the Taliban insurgents.
This territory borders Pakistan, and ISIS fighters are seeking to seize control of the lucrative region.
According to reports, the photojournalist was hit by a shrapnel, which severely wounded him. Siddiqui was forced to seek sanctuary in a mosque, where he received first aid. The photojournalist's presence in the mosque soon reached the ears of ISIS, who rushed to the hospital to seek him down.
"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," wrote Michael Rubin, a writer and a senior fellow in the American Enterprise Institution.