Samaa TV cameraman killed in Karachi

Armed assailants were following us from KDA Chowrangi and opened multiple fire at the DSNG van


Our Correspondent February 13, 2017
The broken glass of the attacked DSNG van. PHOTO: EXPRESS

KARACHI: An assistant cameraman of Samaa TV was killed when a Digital Satellite News Gathering (DSNG) van of the channel came under armed attack in Karachi on Sunday night.

“Armed assailants were following us from KDA Chowrangi and opened multiple fire at the DSNG van as soon as we crossed it,” said Samaa cameraman Asif. As a result of firing, 22-year-old assistant cameraman Taimur Abbas was critically wounded. He was shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead.

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Extra contingent of law enforcers reached the site following the incident and collected the evidence. “The DSNG was on its way to cover an attack on a police APC,” said North Nazimabad DSP Naeem Khan.

The police APC was attacked with a cracker about half an hour earlier near Five Star Chowrangi. No casualty was reported.

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DSP Khan said it appeared both attacks were coordinated and the same assailants carried them out. Sindh police chief  A D Khawaja took notice of the incident and sought a report.

PM Nawaz Sharif strongly condemned the attack and expressed deep grief over the loss of precious human life.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 13th, 2017.

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