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Roadside Bomb Kills Former Pakistan Minister


ISLAMABAD (Reuters) -- A bomb attack in northwest Pakistan killed a former minister today, officials said.

An official said a roadside bomb hit the car in which former provincial minister Ghani-ur-Rehman was travelling.

"The minister, his bodyguard, and driver were killed," said Fazal Naeem, a police official in the town of Hangu, where the attack took place.

The blast follows a bloody week that included a suicide bombing at a volleyball game in a northwestern village that killed at least 98 people, and a suicide bombing at a religious procession that killed 43 people in Karachi.

The latter was claimed by the Pakistani Taliban, which is waging a campaign to topple the pro-American government.
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