KP governor escapes unhurt in rocket attack
ISLAMABAD (PAN): The governor of northwestern Khyber Pukhtunkhwa province of Pakistan on Tuesday escaped unhurt in a rocket attack during a rally in the country's tribal region of Orakzai lying close to the Afghanistan border, officials said.
One person was killed and five others wounded in the attack that took place in Kalaya, a major town in the region.
Governor Masud Kausar was to address tribesmen when three rockets were fired from an unknown location, with one of them hitting the meeting venue, a local journalist and participant of the meeting, Iqbal Hussain, told Pajhwok Afghan News. Among others, several government officials and tribal elders were attending the meeting, Hussain said.
An official on condition of anonymity confirmed the attack and the causalities.
The five injured people were brought to the hospital in a critical condition, an official of a local civil hospital, Dr. Jamal Bangesh said.
Security forces have launched an operation in the nearby hilly areas, where they used heavy weapons to target militants. However, there was no report about casualties during the operation.
A private Pakistani TV channel reported that at least seven people were injured in the rocket attack.
The rockets were fired soon after the governor’s helicopter landed at the venue. Two of the rockets missed the function, but one of them fell close causing the casualties, the channel reported.
There was no claim of responsibility for the attack but Pakistani Taliban, who have been fighting to topple the US-backed government for years, operate in the area.
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