Journalists Killed in 2011 - Motive Confirmed: Asfandyar Khan
|Publisher||Committee to Protect Journalists|
|Publication Date||20 December 2011|
|Cite as||Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 2011 - Motive Confirmed: Asfandyar Khan, 20 December 2011, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4f045aa22.html [accessed 27 November 2014]|
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June 11, 2011, in Peshawar, Pakistan
Khan, a reporter for the newspaper Akhbar-e-Khyber, died in a double bombing that took the lives of more than three dozen people. The first, small blast went off at a market, drawing a large crowd, including journalists such as Khan who were covering the story. A second, larger explosion, apparently a suicide bomb, went off after a crowd had grown.
Shafiullah Khan, 28, a trainee reporter at the daily The News, died six days later from extensive burn injuries suffered in the attack. Seven other journalists suffered minor injuries.
The attack took place near the city center, in an area where military facilities are concentrated and where many major Pakistani media organizations have their offices. Peshawar is the administrative center for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas and runs along the border with Afghanistan. With many insurgent groups based there, the city is notorious for its lack of security.
No group claimed responsibility for the bombings, and it was not clear if journalists or military personnel were the targets. Yousaf Ali, general secretary of the Khyber Union of Journalists, said Khan was in his early 30s and was survived by a sister.
Journalist Nasrullah Khan Afridi died in May 2011 when his car blew up in the same market. An explosive device was detonated remotely after he returned to his vehicle, which was parked in the densely populated shopping area.
|Beats Covered:||Crime, Politics|
|Local or Foreign:||Local|
|Type of Death:||Dangerous Assignment|
|Suspected Source of Fire:||Political Group|