7 killed in blast outside provincial minister's house in NW Pakistan

18:39, July 26, 2010      

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At least seven people, including three policemen, were killed and 37 others injured in a suicide blast outside a provincial minister's residence in northwest Pakistan on Monday, local sources and TV channels reported.

The blast took place near the house of Mian Iftikhar, information minister of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, in Pabbi near Peshawar, the main city of the province.

Mian Iftikhar escaped the suicide bomb attack because he was not at the place at the time of blast, police sources told media. Local sources said that a lot of people gathered at the minister's residence in his native Pabbi area at the time of the blast to offer condolence to the minister whose son was killed on Saturday.

According to reports around 25 injured people have been transferred to local hospitals for medical aid.

Reports said that Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and some other senior officials had planned to visit Iftikhar's residence to offer condolence to him on Monday.

The explosion was so powerful that three shops near the residence were completely destroyed. State of emergency have been declared in local hospitals and Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar where several other injured people were receiving treatment.

Police cordoned off the area following the blast as rescue team rushed to the blast site to shift the injured to the nearby hospitals.

According to eyewitnesses the suicide bomber was in his 20s. Some reports said that three suicide bombers have entered in Pabbi area and one of them detonated his explosives.

Unknown gunmen shot dead the son of the minister on Saturday evening while he was taking a walk with his cousin in a public area near Nowshera, a city east of Peshawar.

Mian Iftikhar Hussain, the information minister of Khyber Paktunkhwa province, is a well-known anti-terrorism politician in Pakistan. A couple of weeks ago, at a seminar held in Peshawar, he warned that the Taliban militants are regrouping in Khyber Paktunkhwa province and its neighboring tribal areas and vowed to fight the terrorists to the end.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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