Senior Pakistani Politician Escapes Suicide Attack


Salon Staff
March 3, 2012 6:00PM (UTC)

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A suicide bomber targeted the convoy of a senior politician in northwest Pakistan on Saturday, killing one of his guards and wounding at least three people, police said.

Aftab Khan Sherpao, who as the interior minister had supervised operations against the Pakistani Taliban during the tenure of former President Pervez Musharraf, escaped unharmed in Saturday's attack.

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But one of his police guards was killed in the bombing, and a lawmaker and three other people were wounded, an area police chief Nisar Khan said.

He said Sherpao was passing through the district of Charsadda when the attacker blew himself up near his vehicle.

Sherpao heads his own faction of a small political party.

The Taliban vowed to kill him, and has carried out a number of attacks against him over the years.

In April 2007, a suicide bomber attacked a rally of Sherpao's political party, killing 28 people.

In December 2007, a suicide bomber again targeted Sherpao amid hundreds of worshippers at a mosque inside his home in the same region, killing at least 50 people.

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