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Suicide attack kills security guards in Pakistan

June 12, 2012


The scene of a bomb blast in Peshawar. — File Photo

PESHAWAR: A suicide bomber targeted an anti-Taliban tribal elder in northwest Pakistan on Tuesday, killing two of his security guards and wounding two others, police said.

The attack took place in Bazidkhel village on the outskirts of Peshawar a day after a bomb hidden in a toy killed a mother and wounded three young children in the Nasir Bagh area on the edge of the city.

The presumed target, Muhammad Fahim, who heads a local anti-Taliban militia, was not in the vehicle at the time of the attack and so was not hurt, police said.

“A suicide bomber blew himself up near the vehicle of Muhammad Fahim, head of the local anti-Taliban peace force, killing his two security guards and wounding two others,” senior local police official Shafiullah Khan said.

Another local police official, Shaukat Khan, confirmed the attack and casualties, and said all four security guards were policemen.