Central & South Asia

Bomb kills Pakistani anti-Taliban politician

Suicide bomber kills at least six in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, including head of a local militia.
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2012 05:46
Suicide and bomb attacks by religious extremists have killed more than 5,200 since July 2007 [AFP]

A suicide bomber in northwestern Pakistan killed the head of a local peace committee, three of his guards and two passers-by on Saturday, police said.

Fateh Khan, whose committee opposes the Taliban, was killed as he left a petrol station in the main city of Buner, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, 150km northeast of Peshawar.

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for the attack targeting Khan, local media quoted their spokesperson as saying.

"The suicide bomber blown himself up in front of Fateh Khan's vehicle. Three guards boarding the vehicle were also killed in the attack," Jehanzeb Khan, the district police chief, told the AFP news agency.

Khan had belonged to the Awami National Party and recently joined the Qaumi Watan Party, according to the Express Tribune.  He was actively opposed to religious extremists in Buner, and played a leading role in forcing them out of the region in 2009. He was also an active district level political leader.

Police cordoned off the site of the blast and said the dead and injured had been transferred to hospital.

The attack in the district of Buner, in the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province also injured six others, with one in critical condition according to medics.

"The dead bodies have been handed over to relatives. The bodies of policemen were given to the police. There were two policemen [killed] and three others," said Dr Asrarullah Khan, chief of the District Headquarters hospital in Dagar.

"One of those injured was in critical condition. We have referred them to Peshawar hospital after giving them a blood transfusion. Two others injured are admitted here in this hospital ward. The rest of the injured have been sent home after dressing and other treatment," he added.

The site of the attack is near Swat Valley, where the Taliban last month shot and wounded 14-year-old education activist Malala Yousufzai for criticising the hardline Muslim group's behaviour when they seized the isolated region in 2008.

Suicide and bomb attacks carried out by religious extremists have killed more than 5,200 people since July 2007 across Pakistan. 


Topics in this article
Featured on Al Jazeera
UNHCR says hundreds of people trapped in Yaloke town risk death if they are not evacuated to safety urgently.
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
Long-standing dispute over Christian use of the word 'Allah' raises concerns about a very un-Merry Christmas.
The threat posed by ISIL has prompted thousands of young Kurds to join the PKK.
Baja California - with its own grim history of disappeared people - finds a voice in the fight against violence.
Russian feminist rockers fight system holding 700,000 - the world's largest per capita prison population after the US.
Weeks of growing protests against Muslims continue in Dresden with 15,000 hitting the streets last Monday.