ISLAMABAD: Unidentified gunmen Wednesday lobbed a hand grenade and opened fire at the office of ARY in Islamabad, injuring at least one worker, the TV channel reported.
ARY News reported that two gunmen, riding on a motorcycle, fled after the attack. The channel said that the Islamic State claimed responsibility. The attackers also left pamphlet. ARY showed footage of the attack outside the gate and at least one gunshot and the injured worker. The injured was shifted to hospital.
Bureau Chief of the TV channel, Sabir Shakir, said the blast smashed some windows and caused damage to studios and vehicles. The management said that the security guards at the gate stopped the attackers from entering the office. Officials of the bomb disposal squad also arrived at the scene and collected parts of the grenade.
Information Minister, Pervez Rashid, condemned the attack and assured investigation into the incident. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chief Imran Khan visited the ARY office along with senior party leaders Jahangir Tareen and Shah Mahmood Qureshi and expressed solidarity with the staff.
Media organizations also condemned the attack and announced protest demonstrations on Thursday.