Four killed in suicide-bombing at Peshawar Press Club

first_img News PakistanAsia – Pacific December 22, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Four killed in suicide-bombing at Peshawar Press Club Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists January 28, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en Help by sharing this information News Receive email alerts April 21, 2021 Find out morecenter_img News Organisation June 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Pakistan Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder to go further PakistanAsia – Pacific Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire Reporters Without Borders condemns a suicide bombing this morning at the entrance to the Press Club of the northwestern city of Peshawar that killed four people – a policeman, the club’s cashier, a passer-by and the bomber himself – and injured 17. The club is used by Peshawar’s journalists but the only media victim was a cameraman who was slightly hurt.“I passed by the gate some 30-50 seconds before the attack and was looking at a notice-board when a loud explosion struck my ears,” Manzoor Ali Shah of the Daily Times told Reporters Without Borders. “It was a huge blast. When I went back to the gate there was human flesh and blood everywhere.”“Threats against the Pakistani media and press clubs are nothing new but it is outrageous that this press freedom sanctuary should be targeted in this fashion,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We offer our condolences to the family and colleagues of the bomber’s three fatal victims – the Press Club employee, police officer Riaz Uddin (photo) and the passer-by.” The press freedom organisation added: “We hope this bombing will be condemned with the utmost firmness by the Pakistani fundamentalist movements that too often express support for armed actions by the Taliban.”The police said the suicide bomber had tried to enter the Press Club building but set off the bomb at the entrance when the policeman began to search him. Police bomb disposal experts estimated that he had been carrying 10 kilos of explosives. The blast blew out windows and damaged a guard post in front of the building and cars parked outside.Paying tribute to the dead police officer, Peshawar Press Club president Shamim Shahid explained that the club had been warned by the security agencies to monitor every non-journalist trying to enter the premises.The secretary-general of the Khyber Union of Journalists told Reporters Without Borders that three days of mourning would be observed “to condemn the attack and to make it clear that such cowardly acts will not be able stop journalists from telling the truth.”Peshawar has become a war zone in recent months with jihadists imposing fear by means of a wave of killings and bombings. Journalists have not been spared and many of them have either fled the city or restricted their movements.CCTV images of the suicide bomber: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFYIhgrUo2wTribute to the policeman who died in the attack by a journalist from Peshawar: http://himalmag.com/blogs/blog/2009/12/24/what-riazuddin-khan%E2%80%99s-…The Taliban have targeted press clubs and news media in northwestern Pakistan in the past: http://www.rsf.org/Reporter-murdered-a-press-club.htmlReporters Without Borders recently produced a video report about the dangers for journalists :last_img read more

New ownership, improvements highlight 2014 at 141 Speedway

first_imgFRANCIS CREEK, Wis. – When the green flag drops on the 141 Speedway in 2014 race fans and competitors will be greeted with many new changes. The most notable will be the new ownership of Dan and Scott Ratajczak along with Toby Kruse.The ¼-mile Saturday night speedplant, located some 20 miles southeast of Lambeau Field, has proven to be one of the strongest Wisconsin tracks under the leadership of Bruce and Renee Conard for the past five years.“I went up there three years ago and absolutely fell in love with the place,” said Kruse, who will continue promoting Marshalltown Speedway in Iowa and Beatrice Speedway in Nebraska. “The upcoming season is going to be very exciting. It’s going to be a busy summer.”IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods return to weekly race programs on the clay oval, along with Street Stocks, Grand Nationals and Sport Fours. “I had first conversed with Bruce about purchasing 141 about a year and a half ago,” Kruse said. “Dan has raced IMCA Modified specials there and I had talked with him and his wife Angie about some business possibilities. They’re looking forward to next season as much as I am.” The 2014 point season will roll into high gear on Saturday, April 19 and run through Aug. 23. Modifieds are part of IMCA’s Belleville Motorsports North Central Region while Stock Car points earned at Francis Creek apply in the Arnold Motor Supply Northern Region.Other dates to note will be the $10,000 to win IMCA Modified show June 24-26 for national, regional and state points, a trio of $1,000 to win Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying events for the Modifieds May 3, June 26 and July 5, and the annual Creek Classic V on Oct. 3-4. For Sprint Car enthusiasts, the IRA Sprint Cars will make two appearances on May 25th and again on Aug. 31. Again in 2014 the Sports Showdown on MyNew 23 will televise special events which has been a tremendous success.Other changes to be noted in 2014 will be the opening of the Left Turn Lounge, located outside turn one, Thursday through Sunday each week beginning in mid-January.“We are currently interviewing to hire a general manager to oversee both the track and the restaurant and bar,” Kruse said. There will be a new lap leader board in turn two and fans will be able to rent a pontoon for a unique race night vantage point from the irrigation pond in the infield.last_img read more

Uncle sparks Mullins five-timer

first_imgUncle Junior (6-1) saw off Quantitativeeasing in a barnstorming finish to the FBD-sponsored La Touche Cup, sparking a five-timer for trainer Willie Mullins at Punchestown. Press Association “I didn’t know if he’d handle the ground but he obviously likes it a bit faster,” said the trainer. “Now we have to decide whether to give him the summer off or keep going and maybe go over fences.” After Un De Sceaux landed the Ryanair Novice Chase, Mullins made it four in emphatic fashion in the Orchid Transport Mares Novice Hurdle, as the Paul Townend-ridden Whiteout (8/1) led home a one-two-three for the handler, ahead of Uranna and Lyrical Theatre. Mullins said: “They don’t all have to be big money horses, she was a very modest price. She has been surprising me. “We were hoping she’d win races but didn’t think she’d be coming to Punchestown and it’s a pleasant surprise. “She looks half decent and will hopefully keep improving.” Yorkhill gave Mullins senior his fifth win and Patrick Mullins his second in the saddle with an easy victory in the Kildare Post INH Flat Race. The 5/4 favourite opened up a commanding lead after the home turn and though OK Corral ate into that lead, Yorkhill was still two and a quarter lengths up at the line. “Patrick was full of this horse after his last few bits of work,” said Mullins. “He was keen to keep him apart from Bellshill and got his wish so it worked out. “He’s clearly a nice horse. He’s been giving Patrick plenty of vibes and I haven’t done much with him.” There was little to choose between the pair jumping the final fence, after which Quantitativeeasing went a length up, but Uncle Junior roared back bravely to win a thriller by a neck, with Keep On Track third. Mullins said: “He’s some hero in our yard. At 14 to run a race like that is fantastic. “He always makes one bad mistake and hadn’t throughout so I said coming to the last ‘here it comes’, but he only lost half a length. “He appreciates the drier ground and the sun on his back. Normally he drops out and it takes three and a half miles for him to warm up, but today after half a mile I was hopeful he’d run a big race. “You saw Patrick after passing the winning post. He really enjoyed it and he’s a fantastic horse to have in the yard. “There is no talk of retirement as he’s in good form and there are those type of races for him. I can’t see the point of putting him out in a field as he gets bored. “A horse like him is entertainment and he certainly gave us entertainment today.” Mullins also landed the Donohue Marquees Handicap Hurdle with 20-1 shot Avant Tout, with Danny Mullins doing the steering. Quantitativeeasing was the 13-8 favourite to gain compensation for his luckless run at the Cheltenham Festival where he was carried out in the Glenfarclas Handicap Chase when primed to deliver his challenge. The market leader moved sweetly throughout under Nina Carberry around the banks circuit, but Patrick Mullins appeared equally confident aboard the 14-year-old Uncle Junior, who finished third at Cheltenham, and the two swept clear to fight it out from the home turn. last_img read more