TV journalist slain in Bajaur
PESHAWAR: A journalist from a private TV channel was gunned down in the Bajaur tribal region on Thursday moments after he interviewed Taliban spokesman Maulvi Umar, his colleagues said. Muhammad Ibrahim, a correspondent for Express News in Khar, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen, the channel’s Peshawar bureau chief Jamshed Baghwan told Daily Times.
He said Ibrahim, in his 40s, was returning after interviewing the Taliban spokesman when masked gunmen stopped him near Inayat Kalay, 15 kilometres from Khar. “He was shot dead on the spot while attackers took away his video camera and motorcycle,” Baghwan said. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. Ibrahim is the second journalist to be killed in the region since June 2, 2007, when journalist Noor Hakim was killed in a bomb explosion in the area, and is the fifth tribal journalist to be killed since February 2005. He is survived by his wife, two sons and five daughters.