PESHAWAR: Pakistan’s umbrella Taliban faction claimed responsibility yesterday for planting a bomb under the car of a prominent journalist and TV anchorman and threatened a second assassination bid.
Hamid Mir, who hosts prime-time show Capital Talk on Geo television and writes a column for the biggest-selling newspaper Jang, was criticised by the Taliban last month in the wake of the shooting of teenage activist Malala Yousafzai.
“Life and death is in the hands of Allah. Allah saved his life but we will make a similar attempt again,” Tehreek-e-Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said by telephone from an unknown location.
“Hamid Mir earlier shot into prominence for working in the interest of Islam and Muslims. We targeted him because now he is working against Islam and Muslims,” he said.
Police said the device -- half a kilogram of explosives fitted with a detonator -- was found stuck under his car in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad on Monday.