Senior journalist Hamid Mir escapes assassination bid

Published: November 27, 2012

Remote-controlled device weighing half a kilogram was planted under front passenger seat. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: 

Senior journalist and Geo TV anchor Hamid Mir escaped an assassination attempt on his life on Monday when the police defused a bomb planted under his car.

The bomb was apparently planted directly under the front passenger seat when the car stopped at a market en route to his house.

Mir told Golra police that his chauffeur, Muhammad Ayaz, spotted a bag under the car and informed him. The Bomb Disposal Squad was subsequently called to Mir’s residence in Sector E-11/3.

Upon arrival, bomb squad members opened the bag and found about half a kilogram of explosives attached through wires with a detonator and a battery. The device was remote-controlled.

“The detonator was a low-intensity device which was designed to ignite the main explosives,” a BDS official said. The explosives were enough to destroy the whole vehicle, according to him. When asked why it was not detonated, a BDS official said one wire from the detonator to the explosives was detached. The police said investigations were ongoing. “It is too early to say when and where the bomb could have been planted,” said the officer leading the investigation.

“It’s a message to me as well as Geo and the journalist fraternity in Pakistan,” Mir told the television channel. “They want to stop us from speaking the truth, but I want to tell them that we will not be deterred.” He did not name any group he thought might be behind the act.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 27th, 2012. 

Reader Comments (7)

  • A J Khan
    Nov 27, 2012 - 10:31AM

    There are too many unanswered question. The game is still open. So far it is quite dubious.

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  • Xtreme
    Nov 27, 2012 - 10:47AM

    So what do want us to do? It’s been 3 days you are repeating this news..

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  • Hairaan
    Nov 27, 2012 - 10:58AM

    Nobel peace prize for Hamid Mir

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  • Arshad
    Nov 27, 2012 - 11:16AM

    Hamid Mir is a bold and clear anchor. Cowardly attempt on his life is condemnable.

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  • Rana
    Nov 27, 2012 - 12:55PM

    ET, why repeating yesterday’s article? Even content are almost similar!! Wastage of time & archive facility huh!!

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/471100/hamid-mir-escapes-attempt-on-his-life-report/

    You should have updated the contents of yesterday’s article according to development if any. Of course there might be some reasons?

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  • Amin
    Nov 27, 2012 - 2:28PM

    Hats off to the skill of the man who had the audacity (and also invisibility) to plant a bomb under the seat of a car in a busy market place, and that too when the driver was there with the car.

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  • Saadia
    Nov 27, 2012 - 6:51PM

    Man. Pakistan is becoming more terrible day by day. what did the Taliban get by shooting Malala. Neither did they get anything but planting this Bomb. All they got is an increase in the number of their HATERS.

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