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Peshawar blast: Assistant political agent succumbs to injuries

February 19, 2013

security personnel shift an injured man from the office of the top political official of Khyber tribal region in Peshawar on February 18, 2013. Militants, including a suicide bomber attacked the office of a senior official in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar on Monday, killing six people. — AFP Photo

PESHAWAR: Assistant Political Agent Landi Kotal Khalid Mumtaz Kundi died on Tuesday from injured sustained when suicide bombers struck his office a day earlier during a meeting to discuss looming general elections, officials said.

Kundi, a deputy of Khyber Agency Political Agent Mutahir Zeb, died in a military hospital in Peshawar.

“They operated on him for several hours overnight but several pieces of shrapnel had entered his body and he died,” a security official told AFP.

Officials in the Khyber administration confirmed his death.

Six people have now died as a result of the attack, in which two suicide bombers stormed the Khyber administration's compound in Peshawar as Zeb chaired a meeting on arrangements for the elections.

There has been no claim of responsibility.

The Pakistani military has long been fighting Taliban and other insurgents in Khyber, which straddles a key Nato supply route into Afghanistan, where US-led combat troops are due to leave next year.

Violence has increased in northwest Pakistan ahead of elections, which are due by mid-May and which will mark the first time an elected civilian government completes a full term in office.