Kawish Television Network (KTN)
May 29, 2006, in Larkana, Pakistan

Sangi, a cameraman for the Sindhi-language KTN, was shot while covering a gunfight between members of the Unar and Abro tribes in the town of Larkana, in southeast Pakistan's Sindh district, according to local media reports. At least one other person was killed in the clash, which Sangi recorded before he died. KTN broadcast his video.

Police said Sangi was killed in crossfire, although some colleagues believe he may have been deliberately targeted for the station's reporting on a jirga, or tribal council, held by leaders of the Unar tribe, according to the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ). An uncle and colleague of Sangi had recently been attacked in connection with KTN's reports that two children had been punished by the tribal court, PFUJ said.

Mazhar Abbas, secretary-general of the PFUJ, said Sangi's body was not recovered for several hours after he was shot. The local police chief suspended at least one police officer for negligence, according to media reports. Journalists in Larkana staged a sit-in to protest the killing of their colleague.

Job:Camera Operator
Beats Covered:Human Rights
Local or Foreign:Local
Type of Death:Crossfire/Combat-Related
Suspected Source of Fire:Political Group


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