October 25, 2017
QUETTA – Assailants hurdled a hand grenade at the Hub Press Club in Balcohistan Wednesday but there was no loss of life or damage to property.
The militant group Baloch Liberation Front claimed responsibility for the attack which occurred shortly after 7:00pm.
Muhammad Ilyas Kamboh, President of the press club and Editor of Bolan newspaper told JournalismPakistan.com the assailants tossed the grenade at the back entrance.
“Following recent threats from militant groups, we had shut down the rear entrance since the last few days,” he said.
There were six to seven journalists inside the club at the time of the attack.
Kamboh said journalists in the province were not being provided any security. “When we leave home, we are not sure if we will come back.”
Earlier Monday, distribution of newspapers in Balochistan was affected following threats from the banned United Baloch Army.
The group claimed journalists were only presenting the government’s point of view and had warned of armed action against them after October 24.
Its spokesman Murid Baloch warned print journalists to stay away from newspaper offices and press clubs and the newspaper hawkers and transporters to stop distributing newspapers.
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