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Suicide bomb in Pakistan injures 20 journalists, damages offices of papers, TV stations

Suicide bomb in Pakistan injures 20 journalists, damages offices of papers, TV stations

Twenty journalists were injured in the massive suicide car bomb blast on Wednesday that killed at least 30 people and injured over 250, in Lahore, the capital of Pakistan's Punjab province. Offices of a number of newspapers and television stations were also damaged in the blast.

According to the Punjab Union of Journalists (PUJ), more than 20 journalists and media workers suffered multiple injuries. The journalists, who were working in their offices at the time, represent the daily Khabrain, the daily Nia Akhbar, Channel 5, the daily Nawa-i-Waqt and Daily Ausaf newspaper, located near the site of the blast.

The names of injured journalists, listed by PUJ are: Rana Muhammmad Azeem, Chief Reporter (Channel 5) and Secretary General of the PUJ, Ashraf Majjed (Khabrain), Raza Mughal (Nia Akhbar), Rafeq Naqshbandi (Nia Akhbar), Hafiz Tariq (Channel 5), Azeem Nazeer (Channel 5), Adnan (Channel 5), Irfan (Channel 5), Shahid (Channel 5), Shukat (Channel 5), Omer (Channel 5), Yasir (Channel 5), Sultan (Channel 5), Qazi Tariq (Daily Ausaf), Gulzar Chudhary (Daily Ausaf), Ghazanfar Awan (Daily Ausaf), Nadeem Aftab (Islamabad Times), Ghazanfar (Islamabad Times), Babar (Islamabad Times), Abdul Jabbar (Nawa-i-Waqt) and Muhammad Kaleem (Khabrain).

The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) and the PUJ condemned the blast and expressed sorrow over the loss of innocent lives.

In a press statement, PFUJ urged the federal and provincial governments to take remedial measures for the safety and protection of journalists, who are facing insecurity in the wake of increasing terrorist activity.

Date posted: May 29, 2009 Last modified: May 23, 2018 Total views: 615