Journalists Killed in 2013 - Motive Confirmed: Saif ur Rehman
|Publisher||Committee to Protect Journalists|
|Publication Date||1 March 2014|
|Cite as||Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 2013 - Motive Confirmed: Saif ur Rehman, 1 March 2014, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/5333e90a3d0.html [accessed 23 January 2017]|
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January 10, 2013, in Quetta, Pakistan
Rehman, a senior reporter for Samaa TV, died in a hospital from injuries he sustained in a bomb blast that occurred 10 minutes after an initial explosion near a billiards hall in Quetta, capital of Baluchistan province, according to Zahid Hussain, Samaa TV director of news.
Rehman's colleague, Imran Shaikh, a senior cameraman for Samaa TV, was killed in the first explosion, according to Samaa TV Senior Producer Azam Gondal and news reports.
The twin blasts killed dozens, including police, emergency workers, and journalists who rushed to the scene of the first explosion, according to news reports. The billiards hall is in a predominantly Shia area of Quetta. The bombings were part of a series of bomb attacks reported across Pakistan that day, news reports said.
The Associated Press reported that Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a sectarian militant group, claimed responsibility for the attacks. Bakar Saddiq, a spokesman for the group, said a suicide bomber carried out the first attack, while the second was a car bomb that had been detonated remotely, the AP said.
Rehman had worked for Samaa TV for more than two years, Hussain told CPJ. He is survived by his wife.
|Beats Covered:||Crime, Human Rights, Politics|
|Local or Foreign:||Local|
|Type of Death:||Dangerous Assignment|
|Suspected Source of Fire:||Political Group|