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Pak scribe escapes bid on life

Islamabad, Nov 26, 2012, Agencies: 23:52 IST
A Pakistani journalist and TV anchor escaped an attempt on his life on Monday when explosives were found attached to his car’s undercarriage here in the Pakistani capital.

Hamid Mir, a senior anchor in Geo TV, was returning home from a market in Islamabad when his neighbour’s driver spotted a suspicious object attached to the undercarriage of Mir’s car. A bomb disposal squad was immediately called and it successfully defused the bomb containing around half a kg of explosive material.

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Mir was criticised by the Pakistani Taliban in the wake of the shooting of teenaged rights activist Malala Yousafzai. Intelligence officials said an intercepted Taliban message suggested bombers have been assigned to attack journalists, with Geo TV at the top of the list of targets because of its coverage of the Malala attack.

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