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Explosion kills 6 security personnel in NW Pakistan

English.news.cn   2014-01-12 18:00:37            

ISLAMABAD, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) -- At least six security personnel were killed and two others injured when a bomb exploded near the convoy of a political leader in Pakistan's northwest Shangla district Sunday afternoon, local media and officials said.

Abb Takk TV channel said that the convoy of Amir Muqam, advisor to the country's prime minister, was targeted by a bomb at about 1: 45 p.m. (local time) in Shangla, a main district in northwest Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa (KPK) province.

Deputy Inspector General (D.I.G) Police Malakand told the media that Amir Muqam remained safe in the attack as the bomb hit one of the three police mobiles escorting his vehicle, killing six security personal inside.

He said that the explosive materials, fixed at road side, were detonated by a remote control as soon as the convoy passed.

The D.I.G said that a police mobile was completely destroyed in the attack.

Muqam said that the killed people included a cop of Islamabad police that was deployed at his security by the federal government, three policemen of KPK and his two personal bodyguards.

He said that it was the fifth time when he came under attack by terrorist elements who want him to quit working for public welfare.

Muqam said that he went to Martung village of Shangla for the campaign of the forthcoming local body elections, and on the way back the incident happened.

The two injured cops have been shifted to hospital.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

Shortly after the attack, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the blast and directed concerned officers to arrest the culprits in the soonest possible way.

Editor: Lu Hui
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