Blast leaves 13 dead in NW Pakistan

Karachi, March 31: At least 13 people have been killed and over 40 others injured after a bomb attack targeted an Islamic party chief in northwestern Pakistan.

The bomber detonated his explosives-laden belt close to the convoy of Maulana Fazlur Rehman, leader of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) party, in Charsadda town on Thursday,

The terrorist attack left 13 people, including four policemen, dead. Forty-two others were also wounded in the bombing.

Fazlur Rehman and his companions escaped unscathed from the attack. The senior Pakistani politician had gone to Charsadda in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province to address a party meeting.

Thursday’s bombing was the second attack against Fazlur Rehman and his supporters in as many days.

On Wednesday, a bomber on a motorbike blew himself up near a police checkpoint in the northwestern town of Swabi. Ten people were killed and more than 20 others wounded in the assault.

Fazlur Rehman was on his way to a public meeting in Swabi when the blast took place.

Taliban-linked militants have recently waged a campaign of bomb blasts in northwestern Pakistan, where government troops are fighting militants in the tribal region bordering Afghanistan.