Malik Hanif Khan Jadoon was a senior official in Swabi and a member of the Awami National Party. — Photo by Reuters

PESHAWAR: A suicide bomber attacked a former government official in northwestern Pakistan, killing him and one of his guards, police said.

Police officer Ijaz Khan said the bomber detonated his explosives Monday morning as Malik Hanif Khan Jadoon was leaving a mosque in the Swabi district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

He said Jadoon and his guard were killed and nine other people were wounded, including the former official's son.

Jadoon was a senior official in Swabi and a member of the Awami National Party, whose members have often been targeted by the Pakistani Taliban.

He and his family had just finished morning prayers celebrating the Islamic holiday of Eidul Azha when the bomber struck.