Journalists Killed in 2012 - Motive Confirmed: Saqib Khan
|Publisher||Committee to Protect Journalists|
|Publication Date||18 December 2012|
|Cite as||Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 2012 - Motive Confirmed: Saqib Khan, 18 December 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/5107a0a728.html [accessed 19 May 2013]|
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November 22, 2012, in Karachi, Pakistan
Khan, a photographer for the Urdu-language paper Ummat, died from injuries he sustained from a bomb that exploded 30 minutes after another blast outside a Shia site in Karachi, according to the International Federation of Journalists and the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists. Khan was killed while covering the first explosion, the same sources said.
Police said the first blast was a suicide attack, while the second bomb was detonated via a remote-controlled device. The second bomb exploded about 50 feet from the first one, wounding reporters, police officers, and bomb disposal teams who had arrived at the scene.
The bombs exploded at a site frequently used for Shia commemoration ceremonies, as Shias were celebrating the holy month of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar.
No group claimed responsibility for the twin bombings, but two days after the explosions, Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan called Agence France-Presse and said the Taliban had dispatched more than 20 suicide bombers to target Shia Muslims.
|Beats Covered:||Business, Corruption|
|Local or Foreign:||Local|
|Type of Death:||Dangerous Assignment|
|Suspected Source of Fire:||Political Group|