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Suicide Bomber Kills Former Official In Northwest Pakistan

Police in Pakistan say a former government official and his guard have been killed, and nine other people injured, when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives today in northwestern Pakistan.

Police said the bomber attacked Malik Hanif Khan Jadoon soon after the former official had finished offering his morning prayers celebrating Eid al-Adha at a mosque in the Swabi district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Jadoon is described as a former senior official in Swabi who was a member of the Awami National Party, a Pashtun nationalist party whose members have previously been targeted by the Pakistani Taliban.

The secularist Awami National Party is the ruling party in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and has opposed the spread of the Taliban in the province.

compiled from agency reports