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Car bomb attack kills 4 in NW Pakistan

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, Feb 3, IRNA -- At least four persons were killed in a car bomb attack in northwest Pakistan on Friday, police said.

The bomb attack in Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, was aimed at targeting a tribal elder.

Malik Astana Gul, who belongs to Khyber tribal region, was not at his home at the time of the attack. The elder is supporting the security forces against the Taliban militants.

Most parts of a two-storey building of his guest house was badly destroyed in the attack. Heavy machinery was called to remove the rubbles.

Relatives of the tribal elders Gul had not received any threats. He leads a local tribe Malik Din Khel in Khyber Agency.

A police officer Mian Saeed Ahmed said that attackers used a vehicle for the attack as parts were found at the blast site.

However, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Senior Minister Bashir Bilour said that initial evidence collected showed that a rocket launcher might have been used. He said that 30 - 40 kilograms of explosives were used in the attack and it was suspected to have been packed into a Suzuki pick-up car.

This is the second attack on a tribal elder from Khyber Agency. On January 30, tribal leader Haji Akhunzada was killed in Pakha Ghulam area, on the outskirts of Peshawar.

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain confirmed the death toll and said that Gul is a leader of a tribal lashkar or army and hence was the target of the attack.

Speaking about peace talks between the U.S. and Taliban, he said that his government welcomed the development but Pakistan must be included in the negotiations.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 30796627

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