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Journalist injured, hospitalised following attack in Tribal Areas

(PPF/IFEX) - On 3 August 2008, the president of the Tribal Union of Journalists (TUJ), Khayal Zaman Afridi, received serious injuries when armed persons fired shots at him. The incident occurred in the town of Bara, Khyber Agency, in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). The attackers also kidnapped his companion, Mohammad Waseem Niazi, a businessman from Lahore, who was visiting Bara.

On hearing the shots, Lashkar-i-Islami activists came to the scene of the incident and took two of the alleged attackers into their custody.

Afridi, who is a Bara-based correspondent for the Urdu-language daily "Aaj", was taken to Hayatabad Medical Complex, in Peshawar. He is in stable condition.

The TUJ's Khyber Agency chapter held an emergency meeting at Landikotal Press Club to discuss the incident. It condemned the attack and demanded strict action against the culprits.

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