Taliban claim responsibility for attack on minister`s home
Last Updated: Tuesday, July 27, 2010, 22:47
  
Islamabad: The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the suicide attack on the home of a provincial minister in northwest Pakistan that killed nine people and warned that they would carry out more such strikes targeting the leaders and workers of ANP party.

A policeman succumbed to his injuries in a hospital this morning, taking to nine the toll in yesterday's attack on the home of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain at Pabbi in Nowshera district.

Two children were among those killed in the bombing, which came two days after the minister's only son was shot dead by the Taliban in Pabbi. Hussain survived the attack.

The suicide bomber struck when the minister was receiving guests who had come to offer their condolences at the killing of his son, Mian Rashid.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik had visited Hussain's house shortly before the suicide attack.

The banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, meanwhile, claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing and warned that it will carry out more such attacks on the leaders and workers of the Awami National Party (ANP), which rules Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

Taliban deputy spokesman Ahsanullah Ahsan telephoned the Dawn newspaper's correspondent in Ladha to claim responsibility for the attack.

He said such attacks will continue till the ANP stops following the dictates of the US and the Pakistani security forces.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, July 27, 2010, 22:47


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