ISLAMABAD, Dec 22 — A suicide bomber Tuesday morning attempted to attack the Peshawar Press Club, facing the Frontier Governor’s House. He was intercepted by a security guard, who was killed along with one other person when the bomber set off his explosives.
Peshawar Police Chief Liaquat Ali said, “We have been receiving threatening calls for a week that the Press Club would be the next target. A suicide bomber this morning came to the Club’s exit gate, manned by one security guard, Riazuddin. The bomber was overwhelmed. He blew himself up, killing himself and the security guard, and another person was killed.”
The explosion caused partial damage to the Press Club’s building.
CCP Liaquat said five people were injured.
President of the Peshawar Press Club Salim Shahid told Arab News, “It’s correct that we have been receiving threats from some clandestine organization for the last many days. We were asked to write against policies of the government.” He said, “Not only calls but some e-mails, too, were received by the Club, which carried a direct threat against media men. Finally, they have struck today.”
Information Minister of NWFP immediately reached Press club and condemned attack of journalists. He said 20 people were injured. “Media support the government’s efforts in fighting terrorists therefore militants attacked Press Club Tuesday”.
He said militants have hurled threats to various segments of society.
He said it’s the month of Muharram and the government had tightened security of Imam bargahs. The terrorists found the Press Club an easy target, though.
President Rawalpindi-Islamabad Union of Journalists Pervez Shaukat told a Press Conference at the National Press Club here, “Now militants are attacking media men to dictate their terms. We will carry out our duties in line with the national interest, and we will report facts about criminal acts of terrorists.”
He said, “We are not going to be deterred by such cowardly acts”.
Pervez Shaukat said, “We are going to institute a media victims fund with the help of International Press Unions.”
He recalled that terrorists have killed many journalists in Frontier and Tribal agencies.Their crime was that they reported facts.”
He condemned the bombing at the Peshawar Club Tuesday.