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Blast kills journalist in Peshawar

Blast kills journalist in Peshawar

May 11, 2011 - 17:24

ISLAMABAD(PANinfo-icon): A local journalist was killed when a bomb apparently attached to his vehicle went off in a marketplace in Pakistaninfo-icon's northwestern city of Peshawar, officials said on Wednesday.

Nasrullah Afridi, a tribal journalist, was killed when an explosive device ripped through his vehicle at the Khyber Super Market on the Bara Road on Tuesday night, police said.

Peshawarpolice chief, Liaqat Ali Khan, told Pajhwok Afghan News the target was Afridi, who was killed in the blast.

The device exploded with a big bang leaving behind a completely gutted vehicle and a crater on the road, witnesses said. The body of the deceased was also charred beyond recognition.

The explosion took place when Afridi came out of the office of Tribal Union of Journalists (TUJ), Khyber Agency Unit, where he was a regular visitor, and embarked in his Suzuki Alto car. The blast also damaged three vehicles and smashed windowpanes in the nearby buildings, according to witnesses.

The journalist, belonging to Shalobar clan of Bara, was correspondent of Pakistan television and Urdu Daily Mashriq. He had also served as president of TUJ, Khyber Agency Unit.

Afridi's friends said he was not in good books of the Bara-based militant organisation, Lashkar-i-Islam. He had shifted to Hayatabad Township along with his family few years ago after receiving threats.

Some unidentified persons had also hurled hand grenades at his residence in Hayatabad in 2007, but he and his family members had remained unhurt in the attack.

Provincial Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain, who visited the spot, claimed that it was a targeted blast and the militants had now been killing journalists. “Apparently the explosive device was fitted in the vehicle. It might be either a remote controlled device or connected with the switch of the vehicle,” he said.

The minister said that their war against militancy would continue and it was their resolve to eliminate militants as they were killing innocent citizens.



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