Pak: Top pro-govt militant commander among 4 killed

Pak: Top pro-govt militant commander among 4 killed Islamabad: A top pro-government militant commander, his son-in-law and two others were killed by a suicide bomber on Monday on the outskirts of Pakistan's restive Peshawar city.

The suicide bomber struck a house being built by Haji Akhundzada, a leader of the Ansar-ul-Islam group, in Pakha Ghulam area, about 10 km from the capital of northwestern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, killing four persons, including the tribal leader. Eight other people were injured in the blast.

The identity of the third man who was killed could not be immediately ascertained.

Officials at Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar said the eight injured persons, including two children, were admitted.

They described the condition of five persons as serious. Siraj Ahmed Khan, the chief of the Peshawar district administration, confirmed the death of Akhundzada and his son-in-law. He said the attack was linked to rivalry between militant groups that are active in the restive Khyber tribal region.

Other officials said they had found the body parts of the bomber. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.

Akhundzada had survived several attacks in the past, local residents said. Footage on television showed debris strewn at the site of the attack as investigators gathered clues.

The walls of several houses were pitted by shrapnel that was packed into the bomber's explosive vest. Several militant groups, including the Taliban and the Lashkar-e-Islam, are active in the Khyber Agency.