Four killed by blast in northwest Pakistan
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||2 October 2008|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Four killed by blast in northwest Pakistan, 2 October 2008, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/48fc6b7c1b.html [accessed 28 July 2014]|
October 02, 2008>
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – At least four people have been killed in northwestern Pakistan in a suspected suicide bomb attack aimed at a prominent ethnic Pashtun politician, police and media said.
"Many wounded are lying on the ground. We have two policemen and two civilians killed," said a police officer in the town of Charsadda where the attack took place.
Television news channels said a suspected suicide bomber blew himself up when he was blocked from entering a guest house where Asfandyar Wali Khan, leader of the Awami National Party (ANP), was holding a meeting.
The ANP is an ethnic Pashtun party based in the northwest and forms part of the ruling coalition government.
The party is liberal-leaning and fiercely opposed to Islamist militants waging a bloody campaign against the government.
A top party official told the Geo television channel that Khan was safe.