Gunmen kill TV journalist in Kohat

WEB DESK: Unidentified gunmen on Sunday killed a TV journalist, police said, the second such murder this month in the insurgency-hit north-west. Atrackers riding a motorcycle fired on 42-year-old Hafeez Ur Rehman near his home on the outskirts of Kohat.

“He was hit by three bullets and died on the spot,” Fazal Naeem, a police spokesman in Kohat, told AFP.

The killing came weeks after a similar attack, later reportedly claimed by Taliban militants, on Zaman Mehsud, a newspaper journalist in the nearby town of Tank. Rehman, who had been working as a journalist for 12 years, was employed by the Neo TV network. He was also publisher of his own daily, ‘Asia’, until it folded earlier this year.

The motive behind the latest attack was unclear. Rehman had not previously reported any threats against him. But journalists in the region are often targeted by militants, mainly the Taliban.