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Pakistan Provincial Education Minister Injured In Ambush


Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Education Minister Sardar Babak (left) meeting with school girls

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Education Minister Sardar Babak (left) meeting with school girls

The education minister of Pakistan's northwestern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province has been injured in a road accident after his car came under fire from unidentified militants, RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal reports.

Police said Sardar Hussain Babak was on his way back to Peshawar from his home constituency in Buner district on the night of August 21 when an unknown group opened fire at his car near the Swabi district.

His right arm was broken when his car plunged into a ditch.

Sardar Babak told RFE/RL that the attackers were hiding in the ruins of a house owned by a local militant and later razed by army troops in an operation in Buner. He claimed the attackers were probably also responsible for earlier killings.

"The terrorists are the same people against whom the government is conducting operations [in different areas] of the country," he said.

Babak's brother, Shamim Shahid, told RFE/RL many militants in the Buner district are still at large despite the army operations.
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