A former mayor and leader of the secular Awami National Party was killed along with his bodyguard when a suicide bomber blew himself up as he was returning after offering Eid prayers in northwest Pakistan.
Former nazim (mayor) Hanif Jadoon and his bodyguard were killed instantly,and seven others were injured as the bomber detonated his explosives outside the prayer ground,police said.
Jadoon’s son was among the seven injured persons. The wounded were taken to a nearby hospital.
The attack occurred as millions of people were celebrating the Eid-ul-Azha festival.
The government had put in place strict security arrangements across Pakistan to prevent terrorist attacks.
No group claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing though such attacks are usually blamed on the Pakistani Taliban.
Taliban suicide bombers have targeted Eid congregations in the past too.
In December 2007,former federal minister Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao had a narrow escape when a suicide bomber blew himself up during Eid prayers in Charsadda,killing over 50 people and injuring over 100.
Jadoon was a leader of the Awami National Party that rules the northwestern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.
Dozens of ANP workers and leaders have been killed in attacks by the Taliban in the past few years.
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