A masked gunman strode into a mosque during evening prayers in Shabqadar, a small town in the tribal area of northwest Pakistan, on Tuesday evening and opened fire on the reporter, Mukarram Khan Aatif, as he was praying, his colleagues said.
Mr. Aatif was struck by at least three bullets in the chest and head, they said. He was taken to a hospital in Peshawar, 15 miles to the south, but doctors there pronounced him dead on arrival. The killer escaped on a motorbike driven by a second masked man.
Mukurram Khurasani, an aide to the Taliban commander in Mohmand, the tribal area near the attack, said his group was responsible for the killing. “All reporters of Voice of America are our targets and should resign; otherwise we will kill them,” he told a local reporter in a telephone interview.