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7 Killed in Bomb Blast in North-West of Pakistan

News Nowshera, Pakistan - 27 February 2012

The Chief Minister of Pakistan's restive Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa provinceAmeer Haider Khan Hoti escaped an apparent assassination attempt yesterday, February 27th, 2012, when a powerful bomb went off near a political rally he addressed, killing seven people and injuring 24 others.

The bomb, planted in a motorcycle, was triggered by remote control after the Chief Minister had left the venue in a helicopter with senior leaders of the Awami National Party, which rules the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

Our contributor writes:

A remote-controlled explosive was detonated in Nowshera Cantt, Pakistan, after a political demonstration of the Awami National Party (ANP) on Monday the 27th of February, 2012. Chief Minister of the province Amir Haider Khan Hoti, who was the special guest at the event,  was safely departing via helicopter when the bomb exploded. Seven people, including 2 police officers, were killed and 26 were injured in the blast. Most of the injured were taken to Lady Reading Hospital in nearby Peshawar for medical treatment.

According to District Police Officer (DPO) Mohammad Hussein, an unknown terrorist fixed an explosive to a motor cycle, which exploded after the Chief Minister and his cabinet minister flew from the area in their helicopter. After the blast, police cordoned off the area and a bomb disposal unit inspected the area, reporting that 3 kilograms of explosives were used in the improvised explosive device (IED) in the motorcycle.

The injured people were mostly workers of the ANP political party, there for the visit of Amir Haider Khan Hoti. The Awami National Party, allies with the Pakistan Peoples Party, lead the provincial government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.

DPO Mohammad Hussein said during talks with the media that the event was not a security lapse, and that because of their security, terrorists could not enter in the political demonstration area so they detonated the bomb on G.T road near the Farooq Stadium (where the demonstration was taking place). Police blocked the main G.T road until 7 pm for security reasons.

Liaqat Shabab, Provincial Minister of Excise and Taxation, visited the blast site condemning the act, saying that it was not a threat to political workers. Provincial Minister of Information Mian Iftkhar Hussein also visited Lady Reading Hospital to check the on the injured victims' condition. After the visit he spoke with the media and said that although terrorists live in the Nowshera District,  "we will never loose our patience through these things".

Chief Minister of KP Province announced financial support for those killed or injured in the blast.

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