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Pakistan TV anchor Hamid Mir escapes car bomb plot

  • 26 November 2012
  • From the section Asia
Senior journalist for the Geo News television station Hamid Mir points to his car where a bomb was found underneath, in Islamabad November 26, 2012.
Image caption Mr Mir was lucky to escape, police say

Pakistani television channel Geo News says its presenter Hamid Mir has been targeted by a bomb which failed to go off in Islamabad.

Police defused the device which was attached to the underside of his car.

The Pakistani Taliban threatened to attack Mr Mir and other journalists for coverage of the militants' shooting of schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai last month.

"It's a message to me as well as Geo and the journalist community in Pakistan," Mr Mir said.

"They want to stop us from speaking the truth but I want to tell them that we will not be deterred."

Interior Minister Rehman Malik visited Mr Mir at his home in the capital and offered a reward for information on who was behind the plot.

Mr Mir is already provided with a police guard following the shooting of Malala in October. She and two other girls were injured but survived.

Hamid Mir had spoken of receiving threats before the attack on her, and correspondents say he is thought to have other enemies besides the Taliban.

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