At least two persons were killed when a roadside bomb hit the convoy of federal housing and works minister and JUI-F leader Akram Khan Durrani in Frontier Region (FR) Bannu near North Waziristan on Thursday. Reports reaching here from Bannu say the Federal Minister was on his way back after addressing a public rally in a semi tribal area in the outskirts of Bannu when his convoy became target of Improvised Explosive Device (IED) planted at road side near Bakka Khel area. The Minister remained safe in the blast.
Security forces reached the blast site soon after the attack and cordoned off the area, while the injured were shifted to the District Headquarters Hospital in Bannu.
He has also condoled the death of his two guards in the attack.
Durrani was unhurt as his vehicle had already cross the spot, police said. The blast also destroyed a police vehicle.
Duranni, a senior leader of the Jamiat Ulema Islam (JUI), one of Pakistan’s two mainstream religious parties, is one of several party leaders to have been targeted by the Pakistani Taliban’s parent organization, the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), in recent years.
The sources said the soldiers launched a search operation in the surrounding areas but no arrest was made.
The party’s head Maulana Fazlur Rehman once acted as a negotiator between the militants and the government.
The army has intensified and expanded its offensive since the Taliban’s massacre of more than 150 people, the majority of them children, in a school in the northwestern city of Peshawar last December.