The Pakistani Taliban took responsibility on Tuesday for an attempt to assassinate a prominent television anchor, CNN reported.
A bomb made up of one pound of explosives was found underneath the car of Hamid Mir, a senior anchor of GEO's prime time television program, the Washington Post reported.
"We will continue targeting journalists who propagate a secular agenda and side with the government," said Ihsanullah Ihsan, a spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban.
The Pakistani Taliban targeted Mir after his coverage of a schoolgirl was shot by the militants, the Washington Post reported. The assassination attempt came a month after the group threatened Mir for this coverage.
The bomb was found by a police officer that is a part of Mir's security team. Mir had ran into a local market when the bomb was detected, CNN reported.
"We have a lot of respect for journalists, however all those who are spreading negative news against us and Islam will be targeted," Ihsan said.