PESHAWAR: Three people, including a former Awami National Party (ANP) Tehsil Nazim, were killed and nine people were injured in a suicide attack in the Malikabad area of Swabi on Monday.
ANP leader Hanif Jadoon was on his way back after Eid prayers when his vehicle was targeted by a suicide bomber, a senior police official said. He was accompanied by two of his sons, a guard and a worker.
Jadoon's was shifted to Neurosurgery ICU, Peshawar. He is reported to be in critical condition. Sources had earlier said that his son had also been killed in the attack.
"The vehicle he was in came under attack near Malik Abad (a barren piece of land with a ravine) when a suicide bomber dressed as a beggar exploded himself near the windscreen of the vehicle killing Hanif Jadoon and his guard on the spot," said DPO Ijaz Khan while speaking to The Express Tribune.
"We have also recovered two unexploded hand grenades from the site, which shows the bomber had waylaid the path" added Ijaz.
The nine injured were shifted to Swabi Hopital.
Sources said that Hanif Jadoon had recently been elected as ANP President of PF-36 (Swabi) during party elections.
The ANP, ruling party of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa has come under attack on several occasions and claims to have lost more than 300 party members in the fight against terrorism.
Party chairperson Asfandyar Wali Khan also survived a similar assassination attempt when a suicide bomber exploded himself, when Khan was greeting guests on Eidul Fitr in October, 2008.
Sher Khan, head of the ANP in Lower Dir, was killed in a bomb attack on September 13 in a district bordering Swat valley.
A makeshift bomb had exploded near the vehicle of Khan.
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