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Pakistan: Election offices of independent candidates targeted killing eight

28th Apr 2013


KOHAT, PESHAWAR, (Dawn): Two bombs exploded in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Peshawar and Kohat areas on Sunday killing at least eight persons and injuring 25 others.

An election office of an independent candidate Nasir Khan was targeted on Charsadda road in Peshawar’s Maqsoodabad area injuring at least ten persons.

Casualties were feared after the incident but the reports could not independently verified.

Earlier, a bomb targeted the election office of NA-39′s independent candidate Syed Noor Akbar Alam on Hangu road in Kacha Pakka village of Kohat region killing at least five people  and injuring fifteen others.

The blast was heard across Kohat city and  caused damage to nearby shops, buildings and parked cars.

District Police Office Dilawar Bangash told that the bomb was a planted device and that at least 10 kilograms of explosive material was used in its making.

Bomb Disposal Squad officials who reach the spot were also of the view that the bomb was planted.

Some sources suggested that the attack was a suicide bombing.

The wounded persons were shifted to nearby hospitals for treatment.

Security forces have cordoned off the area.

No one claimed responsibility for the attack till the filing of this story.


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