Bomb kills five at Kohat election office: Officials

Published: April 28, 2013
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Rescue teams reach the spot, cordon off the area. PHOTO: FILE

Rescue teams reach the spot, cordon off the area. PHOTO: FILE

PESHAWAR: A bomb attack targeting an election candidate’s office in northwest Pakistan on Sunday killed at least five people and wounded 22, police said the latest violence ahead of polls next month.

The device exploded outside the office of an independent candidate in the garrison city of Kohat, which is adjacent to Pakistan’s restive tribal areas along the Afghan border.

“The IED was planted outside the election office. At least five people have been killed and 22 injured,” city police chief Dilawar Khan Bangash told AFP.

Fazal Naeem, a police spokesman in Kohat, confirmed the attack and told AFP the blast had damaged shops and vehicles near the office of Noor Akbar Khan and also hit an office of the Awami National Party, which has been threatened by the Taliban.

“The election office was open at the time and supporters of Noor Akbar Khan were sitting inside. The death toll may rise, the condition of some of the injured is critical,” Tanveer Khan, another police official told AFP.

The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility of the attack.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Falcon
    Apr 28, 2013 - 11:15AM

    Really sad. It would have been informative if ET had provided details of the election candidate as well.

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  • Tee
    Apr 28, 2013 - 11:53AM

    Why are you not naming which party was targeted?

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  • Mohammad Assad
    Apr 28, 2013 - 12:08PM

    PTI is claiming blast was at their office, why arent you reporting it?

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  • Zulfiqar
    Apr 28, 2013 - 2:44PM

    PTI workers are targetted in Kohat.

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