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Pakistan 16 May 2005

Gunmen fire on Reuters TV correspondent

Reporters Without Borders today condemned a shooting attack on 14 May on Mujeebur Rehman, the correspondent of the Daily Times and Reuters Television in Wana, in the northwestern territory of South Waziristan. Rehman sustained a minor injury to the hand in the attack, which took place in Dhog, a village near Wana.

"This is the second attack in the Tribal Areas in three months, and follows the murders of reporters Amir Nawab Khan and Allah Noor Wazir on 7 February," the press freedom organization said. "The Pakistani authorities must quickly shake off their lethargy and deploy all necessary means to catch those responsible for this new attack. This series of unpunished murders and attempted murders must be brought to an end."

Four masked gunmen in a vehicle opened fire on Rehman at around 6:45 a.m. as he was going to Wana. The assailants have not been identified and their motive is unclear. Rehman told Reporters Without Borders he had not received any prior threat.

Two police officers who failed to respond to the shooting have been arrested by the Wana authorities for "negligence." As a result of their failure to act, the gunmen were able to get away in the direction of the Afghan border.

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