Quetta: Unidentified attackers shot dead a journalist in Balochistan, close to Afghan and Iranian border.
Muhammad Jan, 37, who worked for local Urdu language daily newspaper Qudrat, was shot late Thursday while on his way home on a motorcycle in Qalat district, some 160 kilometres south of Quetta, the provincial capital.
“Two attackers on motorcycle opened fire on him, using a pistol and killing him on the spot,” senior police officer Muhammad Ali told AFP.
The attackers fled the scene, he said. Motive for Jan’s killing is not yet clear.
He had not complained of any threats from militant groups or mentioned any family or tribal dispute.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the killing, as police were investigating.
Jan was also working as a press secretary for the Balochistan media council as well as a teacher in a government school. – AFP
Story first published: 14th January 2017