Four Pakistanis killed in suicide attack

AFP , MIRANSHAH, PAKISTAN

Tue, Sep 29, 2009 - Page 5

Four anti-Taliban tribesmen were killed yesterday in a suicide car bombing in northwest Pakistan, an area still reeling from similar deadly militant attacks at the weekend, police said.

The attacker rammed a car packed with explosives into a vehicle carrying a pro-government tribal elder involved in peace talks with rebels, in a town about 150km south of the provincial capital Peshawar.

“It was a suicide attack. The bomber sitting in a car smashed his car into the vehicle of Abdul Hakeem,” Bannu police official Iqbal Khan said.

Hakeem and three other anti-Taliban tribesmen were killed instantly, Khan said, while a woman passing by was wounded.

Mohammad Iqbal Marwat, police chief of Bannu district, confirmed the incident and death toll in a telephone call.

The blast struck in Bakakhel town, just on the outskirts of Bannu district, where another suicide car bombing on Saturday left 13 people dead in the main town. A similar blast in Peshawar the same day killed 11 people.