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Columnist and photojournalist killed in Quetta

(PPF/IFEX) - Dr. Abdus Samad Chishti Mujahid, a photojournalist and columnist for the Urdu-language weekly "Akhbar-e-Jehan", was fatally shot on 9 February 2008 by a gunman in Quetta, the capital city of Balochistan province, which borders Afghanistan. He was 55.

Mujahid was shot as he was coming out of his house with his wife. He received one bullet in the face and another in the chest area. He was rushed to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The Baloch Liberation Army (BLA), a nationalist and separatist group, has claimed responsibility for the killing. According to press reports, BLA spokesman Meerak Baloch telephoned the Quetta Press Club and said Mujahid had been killed because he was working against the Baloch cause.

The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) and Balochistan Union of Journalists (BUJ) have strongly condemned the murder.

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