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Pakistani Taliban Claims Responsibility For Attempt On Journalist's Life


Pakistani journalist and television anchor Hamid Mir
PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for a failed assassination attempt on a high-profile journalist.

A bomb was found under Hamid Mir's car in Islamabad on November 26 and was defused by the police.

A Pakistani Taliban spokesman, Ehsanullah Ehsan, told RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal on November 27 that the group will target Mir again and others opposed to the militants.

In an interview with RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal, Mir pledged to stay in Pakistan, saying he would not "surrender" to the Taliban.

The government has offered a reward of $500,000 for information on who was responsible for the attempted murder of Mir.

The Geo News TV anchor had been threatened by the Taliban for his coverage of teenage anti-Taliban campaigner Malala Yousafzai.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for an attack on the 15-year-old in October.

She was shot in the head and neck and is being treated at a hospital in Britain.

With reporting by AP and dpa
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    RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal

    Radio Mashaal was launched in January 2010 in order to counter a growing number of Islamic extremist radio stations in Pakistan's Northwest Frontier Province (now Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province) and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas along the border with Afghanistan.

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