Danish Siddiqui, a Reuters photojournalist, was killed during clashes in Spin Boldak district in Kandahar, sources confirmed on Friday.
The Indian journalist was covering the situation in Kandahar over the last few days.
Siddiqui was based in Mumbai. He had received the Pulitzer Prize as part of the Photography staff of Reuters.
Danish graduated with a degree in Economics from Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi. He had a degree in Mass Communication from the AJK Mass Communication Research Centre at Jamia in 2007.
Seddiqui started his career as a television news correspondent, switched to photojournalism, and joined Reuters as an intern in 2010.
TOLOnews reporter Sharif Amiry said that Seddiqui went to Spin Boldak district with Afghan special forces in their operation to retake the area from the Taliban.
He said that they were informed on Friday morning that Seddiqui has been killed in a clash between security forces and the Taliban.
Quoting a local commander, Reuters reported that Seddiqui had been wounded in the arm by shrapnel earlier on Friday while reporting on the clash.
Siddiqui had been talking to shopkeepers when the Taliban attacked again, the Afghan commander said.
Amiry said he was invited by Seddiqui on Thursday evening to join him in covering the operation, but he could not go with him as he just returned from covering another operation on Wednesday night.
Sources confirmed that Seddiq Karzai, the deputy commander of the Joint Special Operations Command was also killed in the attack. He was accompanied by the Indian journalist.
This comes as the Taliban captured Spin Boldak district in Kandahar this week. Fierce fighting has been underway in Kandahar, especially in Spin Boldak, for the last few days.