Pakistani journalist, Mukkaram Khan Atif
A Pakistani journalist, Mukkaram Khan Atif, died after being shot in the head while praying at a mosque. The Pakistan Taliban later claimed responsibility for his murder.
Mukarram Khan, who reported
on screen for the Voice of America, was shot by two men who entered the mosque near his home in Shabqadar, a small town located in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, not far from Peshawar.
Friends and relatives of the 45-year-old reporter said he had previously received death threats from Taliban militants.
In addition to filing reports for Deewa Radio, the Voice of America's Pashto language service, Mukarram Khan also worked for Dunya TV, a privately-run local TV station.
According to Reporters Without Borders, at least 10 reporters were killed in Pakistan in 2011, making it the deadliest nation in the world for journalists.