Journalists Killed in 2008 - Motive Confirmed: Siraj Uddin
|Publisher||Committee to Protect Journalists|
|Publication Date||January 2009|
|Cite as||Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 2008 - Motive Confirmed: Siraj Uddin, January 2009, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4e64966923.html [accessed 22 December 2014]|
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February 29, 2008, in Mingora, Pakistan
Uddin died in a suicide bombing that took the lives of more than 40 people, according to Pakistani news reports. The attack occurred at the funeral of a slain police officer.
No organization claimed responsibility for the attack, which also wounded about 80 people, according to news reports. Pakistani reporters told CPJ that two other journalists were wounded: Hazrat Bilal of the local newspaper Shawal; and Munawar Afridi of the English-language Dawn.
Mingora is in the Swat Valley in the tumultuous North West Frontier Province.
In 2007, militants took over much of the area, which is located about 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of Islamabad and was once a tourist attraction known for its natural beauty and skiing. Government forces reasserted some degree of influence by early 2008, but control of the area was not fully settled.
|Local or Foreign:||Local|
|Type of Death:||Dangerous Assignment|
|Suspected Source of Fire:||Unknown Fire|