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Friday 18 April 2014

Taliban in bomb bid to kill TV man

The Pakistani Taliban have said they planted a bomb underneath the car of a prominent journalist in Islamabad

The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for a failed assassination attempt against a prominent Pakistani TV anchor.

Taliban spokesman Ahsanullah Ahsan said that the group targeted Geo TV's Hamid Mir because he was "promoting secular forces".

A bomb was found underneath Mir's car in Pakistan's capital, Islamabad, on Monday and was defused by police.

The Taliban threatened Mir and other journalists last month because the group was unhappy with their coverage of a schoolgirl activist shot by the militants.

The Taliban shot 15-year-old Malala Yousufzai in the head for criticising the militants and promoting girls' education. She is currently recovering in Britain.

Spokesman Ahsan said they will target Mir again and other journalists opposed by the militants.

Press Association

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