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Surgery commences to save ambushed Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir; Twitter users condemn attack

Saturday, 19 April 2014 - 7:08pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna webdesk

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Pakistani journalist who was chased down for 20 minutes and attacked by unknown assailants was admitted to hospital and surgery for the same is underway to remove two bullets. 

Hamid Mir, a senior journalist with Geo News was crusading for Baloch missing person's cause and twitter users are reacting strongly to the incident. 

According to reports, unknown armed men ambushed Mir’s vehicle at Natha Khan bridge. He received bullet injuries and was shifted to a private hospital.

Geo News Islamabad bureau chief, Rana Jawad said Hamid Mir spoke to him after being attacked and said that the gunmen were following him and continue to fire at the car.

Geo News reporter Afzal Nadeem Dogar said Hamid Mir was traveling from Karachi airport to the Geo office when he was attacked.

Four gunmen riding two motorcycles opened fire on Hamid Mir’s car a few kilometers away from the Airport police station.

Hamid was attacked prior to this in 2013 too but had escaped unscathed. 

As the movement for safeguarding freedom of speech grows stronger, many journalists have been attacked all over the world. 

When Afghanistan elections were underway, AP photojournalist  Anja Niedringhaus was gunned down while covering the Afghan elections. Anja Niedringhaus was killed in an attack in Afghanistan, while covering the country's 2014 presidential elections. Fellow AP journalist, Kathy Gannon, a 60 year old Canadian, was seriously injured in the attack, and underwent emergency surgery and her condition was said to be stable.

Read: Associated Press pays tribute to photojournalist Anja Niedringhaus who died while covering Afghan elections

Below are twitter reactions from public who were shocked at the incident: 

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