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Four Dead, 19 Wounded in Attack on Former Minister in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD At least four people were killed and 19 were wounded in a bomb attack on a former minister mid morning Friday in northeast Pakistan.

Akram Durrani, who escaped unhurt, was returning from campaigning for the upcoming general elections, when a remote-controlled motorcycle bomb detonated near his convoy, spokesperson of Bannu city police Khurram Rasheed told EFE.

Rasheed added that while the Jamiat-Ulema-Islam minister escaped without any injuries, four others accompanying him were killed.

The 19 wounded include four policemen and 15 civilians, who were rushed to a nearby hospital after the explosion.

Durrani was the housing minister in the coalition government of the Pakistan Muslim League during 2013-18.

Between 2002 and 2007 he was the Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa of Bannu constituency.

This is the second attack with casualties in ongoing campaigning for the general and provincial elections on July 25, in which 105 million Pakistanis are expected to vote, according to the Election Commission of Pakistan.

Tuesday, at least 20 people were killed and 60 were wounded in a suicide attack on the regional Awami National Party also in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

In the attack, claimed by the Pakistani Taliban, prominent politician Haroon Bilour had died.

 

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