A bomb explosion injured three local journalists who were accompanying a convoy of security forces in the Lower Dir district of northwestern Pakistan on February 3, 2010, according to a statement by the Karachi-based Pakistan Press Foundation and international news reports.
The bomb exploded while federal paramilitary
personnel were escorting journalists and U.S. soldiers to the inauguration
of a girls’ school reopening after the Taliban destroyed it in early 2009, the foundation’s
statement said. It was rebuilt with support from the United States Agency for
Amjad Ali Shah and Muhammad Imranullah Siddiqui,
cameraman for Express News
TV channel, and Muhammad Israr, a reporter for the Pashto-language TV
channel AVT Khyber, were caught in the blast, according to the reports. Israr suffered
injureds to his head, arms, and legs while Shah and the cameraman each received
shrapnel wounds to the face, according to the PPF statement.
Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), a militant umbrella
group for the Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack. Three U.S. soldiers, two
paramilitary personnel, and at least three female students were killed and 131
others injured, according to news reports.
Insurgent attacks are common in Lower Dir, part of a lawless tribal region
near the Afghan-Pakistan border, despite U.S. missile strikes and a major
Pakistani army offensive against militants last year.