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Local Politician Killed By Roadside Bomb In Northwest Pakistan


A local politician has been killed after his vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Pakistan's volatile northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.

Police said the blast on September 5 injured three others travelling in the same vehicle with Haji Mumtaz Orakzai, a member of the Awami National Party (ANP) in the Hangu district.

"It was a remote-control bomb attack that killed Mumtaz on the spot," police officer Subhan Khan told RFE/RL, adding that police "have cordoned off the whole area."

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the blast but the Pakistani Taliban has in the past claimed numerous similar attacks on members and leaders of the ANP, known for its stance against terrorism.

The ANP says more than 800 of its members and officials have been killed in recent years in militant attacks and suicide bombings across the country.

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