Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) – The Pakistani Taliban on Tuesday claimed responsibility for a foiled plot to assassinate a high-profile television journalist by planting a bomb on his car.
Hamid Mir, a senior anchor on Geo TV’s prime time programming, escaped the attempt on his life Monday when the bomb was found attached to the back of his car and disabled before it could cause any harm.
“We will continue targeting journalists who propagate a secular agenda and side with the government,” Ihsanullah Ihsan, a spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban, said by telephone Tuesday.
Mir said he had gone to a busy market place in the heart of Islamabad “to run some errands” on Monday when the bomb was detected.
A police officer in Mir’s security team saw a plastic bag containing half a kilo (about a pound) of explosives attached to the car and called the bomb disposal squad, which successfully defused the device, said Bin Yamin, the Islamabad police chief.