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Lower Dir, ANP leader killed in blast

Pakistan News / LOWER DIR – a remote controlled blast in Lower Dir area and killed a local leader of political party, E Pakistan News Reported.


Lower dir Latest NewsBomb was a remote controlled device and killed political party leader and also three wounded. A makeshift bomb exploded near the vehicle of Sher Khan, head of the secular Awami National Party (ANP) in Lower Dir where a sweeping army offensive two years ago appeared to reverse a local Taliban insurgency.


“It was a targeted attack. Sher Khan died on the spot and his police guard and the driver were wounded,” Dir police chief Saleem Marwat told AFP.


Local officials confirmed details of the attack in Maidan town.


In 2009, 30,000 Pakistani troops went into battle against Taliban fighters


who for two years had terrorised people with a campaign of beheadings, violence and attacks on girls’ schools in Swat and parts of Dir.


The army declared the region back under control in July of that year and said the rebels had all been killed, captured or had fled.


The army is now trying to encourage tourists to return to Swat, once beloved by Pakistani and Western holidaymakers for its stunning mountains, balmy summer climes and winter skiing easily accessible from the capital Islamabad.


There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Tuesday’s killing but Islamist militants routinely target officials in ANP, which leads the government in northwestern province Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, bordering Afghanistan.


Bombings blamed on Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked networks have killed more than 4,630 people since 2007, destabilising the nuclear-armed state.

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