Suicide blast kills one in northwest Pakistan

Last Updated: Friday, June 20, 2014 - 01:52

Peshawar: A suicide bomb attack at the residence of an anti-Taliban peace militia in the restive northwestern city of Peshawar left one dead and five others injured late today, police said.

The incident took place in the Matan Adezai area of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa city and targeted the leader of an anti-insurgent group, senior police official Najeeb U Rehman said.

"A suicide bomber hurled a hand grenade and then entered the house of Farman Ullah... Where he blew himself up," Rehman said, adding that Ullah was not injured.

Senior police official Nasir Khan confirmed the deadly attack and said he met Ullah at the residence after the incident. The attack came as Pakistan`s military wages a long-awaited offensive against insurgents holed up in nearby North Waziristan.

The operation has been going on since Sunday and is expected to intensify when a three-day window to allow civilians to leave the area ends on Friday.

In the latest action, 15 militants were killed by helicopter gunships overnight and eight more by sniper fire while attempting to plant bombs on an important road, a statement from the military said.

AFP

First Published: Friday, June 20, 2014 - 01:52

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