25 killed in suicide blast at Pak MPs house, leader safe with leg injuries

October 7th, 2008 - 11:44 am ICT by ANI  


Bhakkar ( Pakistan ), Oct 7 (ANI): At least 25 people were killed and 60 injured in a powerful suicide blast at the house of an MNA (member of national assembly) belonging to the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), here last evening.

The suicide bomber blew himself up right in front of MNA Rashid Akbar Niwanis house in Bhakkar at a time when a large group of people had gathered there to meet the leader. The incident was confirmed as a suicide bomb as the bombers head was recovered from the site.

Bhakkar is close to Dera Ismail Khan, an NWFP town which is a gateway to the South Waziristan tribal region, considered a notorious sanctuary for Al Qaeda and the Taliban.

The MNA was, however, reported to be safe, though he received leg injuries.

It was a suicide attack, the head of the bomber has been recovered. The bomber walked up to the MPs house and detonated himself in the midst of a crowd of party workers, supporters and relatives, the Daily Times quoted a senior police officer as saying.

The PML-N leaders brother Saeed Akbar said: His condition is not serious, he is alright.

No terrorist group had owed responsibility for the blast.

Officials said the MP was the target because he was a Shia Muslim and lived in an area where Al Qaeda and Taliban-linked Sunni groups had triggered frequent sectarian attacks in the past.

Nawani has on several occasions spoken in parliament recently against growing sectarian violence between Sunnis and Shias. (ANI)

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