PPP minister escapes Taliban attack

Last Updated: Monday, October 31, 2011 - 18:37

Islamabad: A provincial minister from the
ruling Pakistan People`s Party escaped unhurt when Taliban
fighters ambushed his vehicle in the country`s restive
northwest on Monday.

Amjad Khan Afridi, the Housing Minister in
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, was travelling in his bulletproof
car when militants fired at it in Kohat district, police said.

A Taliban sniper fired three shots at the car from
nearby hills.

One bullet hit the car`s windscreen though the minister
remained unharmed, police officials said.

The minister was the target of the attack, they said.

The Taliban have carried out numerous attacks on
politicians and their supporters in Pakistan`s northwest.

Most of the attacks have targeted leaders and workers of
the Awami National Party, which heads the government in
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

The PPP, which heads the government at the centre, is a
junior partner in the provincial coalition.

PTI



First Published: Monday, October 31, 2011 - 18:37

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