Two Journalists injured in blast at poet's shrine -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Two Journalists injured in blast at poet’s shrine

Mehmood-ul-Hassan Khan, correspondent of Urdu-language television channel “Dunya News” and Waheed-ur-Rehman, correspondent of Pashto-language television channel “Khyber News” were injured in a blast on May 9, 2012, at the shrine of famous Pashto language poet and leader of a political party Ajmal Khattak in Nowshehra district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhuwa province of Pakistan.

According to press reports, a bomb was planted at Ajmal Khatak’s shrine in the Akora Khattak village, which blew up the dome and walls of the structure. Police officials rushed there and cordoned off the area. After 15 minutes of the first blast, another blast occurred at the same place in which eight people were hurt including the two journalists. The injured were shifted to hospital by rescue teams.

Hassan told PPF that he reached the scene after 10minutes of the first blast and as he was talking to the people standing around, another big explosion occurred. He received injuries in his shoulder and leg while Rehman received injuries in head. He said some parts of explosives are in his body and will be removed by an operation tomorrow.

Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists PFUJ, Khyber Union of Journalists KhUJ and other journalist bodies condemned the attack and called on the government to immediately identify the culprits.

In 2010, the shrine of Sufi poet Abdur Rehman Baba was attacked in a similar manner by militants in Peshawar.

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