January 10, 2013, in Quetta, Pakistan
Shaikh, 35, a senior cameraman for Samaa TV, was in a bomb blast that occurred 10 minutes after an initial explosion near a billiards hall in Quetta, capital of Baluchistan province, according to Samaa TV senior producer Azam Gondal and news reports.
Shaikh's colleague, Saif ur Rehman, a senior reporter for Samaa TV, was also severely injured in the blast and died a few hours later in a hospital, according to Zahid Hussain, Samaa TV director of news.
The twin explosions killed dozens, including police, emergency workers, and journalists who rushed to the scene of the first explosion, according to news reports. The billiards hall is in a predominantly Shia area of Quetta. The explosions were part of a series of bomb attacks reported across Pakistan that day, news reports said.
The Associated Press reported that Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a sectarian militant group, claimed responsibility for the explosions. Bakar Saddiq, a spokesman for the group, said a suicide bomber carried out the first attack, while the second was a car bomb that had been detonated remotely, the AP said.
Shaikh had worked for Samaa TV for five years. He is survived by his wife and two young daughters.
Job: Camera Operator
Beats Covered: Crime, Human Rights, Politics
Local or Foreign: Local
Type of Death: Dangerous Assignment
Suspected Source of Fire: Political Group
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