Karachi: A formal First Information Report (F.I.R) has been registered by Karachi Police against unknown suspects in connection with the attack Samaa TV news channel private van attack which left a camera assistant Taimoor Khan with fatal injuries.
Taimoor Abbas, the 22-year-old assistant cameraman, was shot in his head and chest when he was travelling in the Digital Satellite News Gathering (DSNG) van in north Nazimabad to report on an attack on the police. He was taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where he died from his injuries.
The unidentified assailants on a motorbike had thrown an explosive device on a police armoured personnel carrier and had started shooting when the Samaa TV van arrived.
Abbas is the second journalist killed in Pakistan this year. On January 12, unidentified attackers shot dead 37-year-old Muhammad Jan Sumalani, a reporter of Urdu language daily Qudrat and Brahui language daily Talar Quetta in Balochistan. Since 2005 over 100 journalists have been killed, making Pakistan one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists.