Security guard injured in an attack with homemade explosive device at a television office

On December 7, a security guard of Express News television channel was injured when two unidentified men threw a homemade explosive device in their office in the city of Sargodha in the Punjab province.

The attackers who had come on a motorcycle, knocked on the gate and when the security opened it, they hurled the explosive device and ran away. The security guard Sher Mohammad was injured in the attack and the gate and some vehicles were also damaged. Mohammed was taken to DHQ Hospital Sargodha and given medical aid for minor injuries. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

This was the third attack on a media house in the province of Punjab. Previously, on November 20, unidentified men hurled hand grenade outside the bureau office of Dunya News in Faisalabad injuring three employees. On December 1, an employee Din News was injured in the hand grenade attack outside their office of in Lahore. In both attacks the attackers threw pamphlets of ISIS – Khorasan Group (Daulat-i-Islamia Khorasan). The group warned media houses for the future attacks.

The First Information Report (FIR) against unknown attackers was registered in Counter Terrorism Department (CTD). Police had started investigation into the incident and a joint investigation team (JIT) was formed consisting of CTD officials and police.

Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) condemned the attack and announced a protest sit in outside Punjab Assembly on December 8.

Pakistan Press Foundation