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Pak Taliban claims responsibility for assassination attempt on Hamid Mir

The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for the assassination attempt on a senior TV journalist and anchor Hamid Mir a day earlier and has warned of more attacks on anyone pursuing the secular agenda.

Hamid Mir
Pakistani TV journalist Hamid Mir (Pic - Getty Images)

Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said that Mir was following a secular agenda and was helping those who were working against the principles of Islam, adding that their organisation would continue to target all those who were becoming party to propagation against 'jihad', reports sad.

Ehsan further said that those targeting the Taliban would be targeted with explosives. A bomb was apparently planted under Mir's car while he stopped at a market for a few minutes before returning to his house in Islamabad on Monday.

The explosive device in a metal box was found stuck under the front passenger seat of Mir's car, according to city police chief Bani Amin. 

The bomb disposal squad was immediately called, who successfully defused the bomb containing half a kilogram of explosive material, he added. 

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