Journalist killed in Swat suicide bombing -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Journalist killed in Swat suicide bombing

LAHORE: Siraj Uddin, correspondent of an English newspaper, was among the victims of a suicide blast in Mingora on February 29, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said in a statement Sunday.

Around 80 others were also wounded, including Hazrat Bilal, a journalist working for a local newspaper.

“We condemn these acts of indiscriminate violence in which the civilian population is targeted,” RSF spokesperson said.

He further said that “Siraj Uddin is the second journalist who lost his life whilst performing his duties since January’.

‘We share grief of the slain journalist’s family and his colleagues’, he added.

According to the organization, six Pakistani journalists lost their lives in 2007.

Victims of Friday blast laid to rest: The victims of Friday suicide blast killed while attending the funeral of slain DSP Javed Iqbal were laid to rest in their ancestral graveyards in Swat amid touching scenes on Sunday, reported a state-run news agency, Associated Press of Pakistan.

Former MPAs, lawmakers, nazims and a large number of people attended the funeral processions of 30 victims. The police had made tight security arrangements.

The overall situation in Mingora city was tense and atmosphere remained gloomy.

At least 48 people were and more than 75 people sustained injuries in the attack, police said.
Source: The Post
Date:3/1/2008