March 28, 2014
Unidentified gunmen attacked a TV anchor of a private news channel on Friday, fatally wounding his driver and injuring his security guard.
Express News show “Khabar Se Agay” anchor Raza Rumi had just completed his show and had left the studio when two unidentified gunmen riding a motorcycle ambushed his vehicle near Raja Market in the New Muslim Town area.
Rumi told reporters that two gunmen opened indiscriminate fire on his car, critically injuring his driver who later succumbed to his wounds at the hospital. Rumi and his security guard were injured in the attack.
Rumi said that although he had not received any direct threats but he was reportedly on the hit list of some extremist organisations.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has also taken notice of the attack.
Lahore CCPO Chaudhry Shafique Ahmed said it was too early to say which group was behind the attack on the TV journalist, adding that the police had deployed personnel at the channel’s office when they approached them for security.
Ahmed said 11 bullet shells were recovered from the crime scene.
Earlier on March 19, 2014 a bomb was found outside Express News Peshawar bureau chief Jamshed Baghwan’s house in Murshadabad area of Peshawar.
Friday’s attacks follow the deadly attack in January 2014, when three Express Media Group employees were killed in a gun attack in Karachi.
Last year, two gun and bomb attacks on the Karachi office of Express Media Group had injured at least four people.