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Pakistani television anchor survives attempted bombing

ISLAMABAD — Police defused a bomb Monday planted under the car of Hamid Mir of Geo Television, a prominent Pakistani anchor who was threatened by the Taliban for his coverage of a schoolgirl shot by the militants, police said.

The bomb was made up of a pound of explosives stuffed in a tin can, said Bani Amin, the police chief in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad, where the episode occurred. The device was placed in a bag and attached to the bottom of Mir’s car, said Amin.

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One of Mir’s neighbors noticed the bomb under the car after the anchor returned from a local market, and the police were notified, said Rana Jawad, an official at Geo TV.

No group has claimed responsibility.

The Pakistani Taliban threatened Mir and other journalists last month over their coverage of an assassination attempt against Malala Yousufzai, a 15-year-old schoolgirl activist who was shot in the head by the militants in the northwest Swat Valley.

The Taliban targeted Malala for criticizing the group and promoting secular girls’ education, which is opposed by the Islamist extremists. She is recovering in Britain. Interior Minister Rehman Malik offered $500,000 for information about those responsible.

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