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Four killed in Pakistan bomb blast

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Banu, July 13, CNS: At least four people were killed and 32 others were injured in a bomb blast near the convoy of former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister Akram Khan Durrani in Bannu on Friday.

The former minister was leaving a corner meeting when an improvised explosive device (IED) planted in a motorcycle some 50 metres away from the jalsa ground went off in the jurisdiction of Havaid police station, RPO Karim Khan said.

The JUI-F central general secretary, who is contesting for the upcoming polls under Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) and against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, remained unhurt in the attack. The injured were rushed to Khalifa Gul Nawaz Hospital and a large contingent of law-enforcers reached the site of the incident.

KP Inspector General (IG) Mohammad Tahir said that three police personnel were also among those injured in the attack which occurred within the limits of Havaid police station.

In a video message released hours after the attack, Durrani reminisced that this was second incident targeting him. “We are intimated that there are threats but we remain unaware about the forces that have threatened us. There were media reports that I am unsafe, I would like to ask media if they know about the threats then please reveal identity of those behind the threats,” he said.

In 2015, at least two people were killed and three others injured in a remote-controlled bomb attack on Durrani’s convoy in the Narmikhel area of Bannu. He was returning from Bakka Khel, Frontier Region Bannu, where he had attended a JUI-F congregation, when his convoy came under attack.