Incident Summary:

04/19/2014: Assailants opened fire on the vehicle of Hamid Mir in Karachi city, Sindh province, Pakistan. Mir, an anchorperson for Geo News, was wounded in the attack. Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed joint responsibility with Lashkar-e-Jhangvi for the incident through a message on Twitter; however, the TTP later denied the claim and stated that the Twitter account was fake.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred within the vicinity of Jinnah International Airport at Natha Khan Bridge, Karachi, Sindh.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Journalists & Media
Name of Entity Geo News
Specific Description Anchorperson: Hamid Mir
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Attackers fired from motorcycles and firearms were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) State Actors
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources speculated that the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) may have carried out the attack.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (suspected) No
Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 4
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Attack on Hamid Mir: ISPR spokesman terms allegations against ISI Chief misleading," Daily The Pak Banker, April 21, 2014.
"Hamid Mir shot in Karachi," Dhaka Tribune, April 19, 2014.
"Geo News anchor Hamid Mir injured in car firing incident," The News Tribe, April 19, 2014.