Danish Siddiqui was on a reporting assignment embedded with the Afghan Special Forces

The body of Pulitzer Prize-winning Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui, who was killed in Afghanistan's Kandahar, has been handed over to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) by the Taliban on Friday.

"We have been informed that the body has been handed over by the Taliban to the ICRC," a source in the Indian Embassy in Kabul said.

Danish Siddiqui, who was on a reporting assignment embedded with the Afghan Special Forces, was killed when clashes broke out between the security forces and Taliban fighters in Spin Boldak district of Kandahar city.

The Indian Embassy in Kabul has informed that it is in touch with the Afghan authorities to bring back the mortal remains of the Reuters photojournalist.

"We are actively facilitating the return of the body in coordination with Afghan authorities and the ICRC. We are in regular touch with family members of Danish Siddiqui," the embassy source in Kabul said.

Earlier, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said the government is in touch with the photojournalist's family.

Danish Siddiqui had started his career as a television news correspondent and later switched to photojournalism. He had worked as a correspondent with the India Today Group from September 2008 to January 2010.

Meanwhile, Afghanistan has been witnessing a series of terror attacks in the last few weeks as the US continues the process of withdrawing its troops from the country, ending nearly two-decade of its military presence in the country.

The Taliban was evicted from power by the US-led forces in 2001. Now, as the US is pulling back its troops, the Taliban fighters are attempting to gain control of various parts of the country.