Gunmen kill two journalists in Pakistan

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Islamabad (dpa) – Gunmen killed two journalists in southern Pakistan in separate attacks hours apart, police said Wednesday, triggering fresh fears about journalists’ safety.

Attackers on a motorbike attacked a satellite van of Geo television in the port city of Karachi overnight Tuesday, killing a broadcast engineer, police official Javed Baloch said.

Seven bullets hit the engineer in the upper half of the body, causing his death, Baloch said.

Another staffer who also received bullet injuries was being treated in hospital.

Hours later on Wednesday, gunmen on a motorbike killed another journalist in another part of the same city, police official Munir Sheikh said.

Aftab Alam, 42, who had also worked with Geo television, was attacked outside his home.

The attacks could be an attempt to terrorise Pakistani media for supporting the military’s offensive against Islamist militants, Geo television chief executive Azhar Abbas said.

The number of attacks against journalists reporting on the conflict has been rising in recent years.

In 2014 alone, 14 journalists were killed, according to the International Federation for Journalists, making the country the most dangerous place in the world for them.

More than 50 media workers have been killed in Pakistan since 1992, the Committee to Protect Journalists said.

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