A television journalist was killed Wednesday by gunmen in the city of Miranshah, capital of the tribal region of North Waziristan, a Pakistani official told Efe.

Malik Mumtaz, who worked for Geo TV, was attacked by unknown killers who opened fire on his vehicle and then fled.

The journalist had been reporting for many years from the dangerous tribal zones bordering Afghanistan, which serve as a refuge for Islamist groups like the Taliban.

Geo TV has not commented on the possible motives for the attack on its reporter, who was the president of the Miranshah Press Club, was married and had three children.

According to the U.S.-based Committee to Protect Journalists, seven reporters lost their lives in Pakistan last year, making it the world's third-most-dangerous country in which to pursue that profession, after Syria and Somalia.

Pakistan was the most dangerous country in the world for reporters in 2010 and 2011, according to the CPJ. EFE