10 killed in Swabi suicide blast
ISLAMABAD(PAN): At least 10 people were killed and 15 others wounded when a suicide bomber, riding a motorcycle, blew himself up near a security checkpoint in Pakistan's troubled northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Wednesday, police said.
The attack on the Ambar checkpost near Swabi town came moments before Maulana Fazlur Rehman, the leader of Jamiat-i-Ulema Islam (JUI-F), the second largest religious-political party of the country, was to address a planned public meeting in the town, police officer, Mohammad Riaz, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Hundreds of people were waiting to welcome their leader when the blast took place, he said.
A police officer named Sardar Ali was among the dead and the injured were taken to the district headquarters hospital.
A JUI activist, Qari Yusuf, told Pajhwok Afghan News the attack was carried out on a crowd welcoming Fazlur Rahman. The blast happened moments before he arrived, he said, putting the toll at eight dead and 10 injured. Most of the victims were party activists and residents of Swabi, he added.
Party sources said Fazlur Rehman was on his way to the venue of a public meeting when the bomber blew himself up.
Police said the bomber suddenly appeared and detonated his suicide vest close to the Ambar check post where people were coming in large number to attend the meeting.
Police had recovered parts of the bomber’s body and the head and legs had been sent for DNA tests.
Doctors at the hospital feared the death toll could increase as some of the injured were in a critical condition. Some of the injured were taken to hospital in the provincial capital, Peshawar, the largest city in the northwest.
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