A suicide bomber killed seven people on Monday, blowing himself up at a gathering of senior Pakistani officials mourning the assassination of a Mian Iftikhar Hussain’s son by unidentified gunmen.
Police said the bomber was stopped while trying to walk into the house of Mian Iftikhar Hussain, information minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, in the small town of Pabbi.
The bomber struck shortly after Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik had visited to pay his respects over the death of Hussain’s 28-year-old son Mian Rashid, who was shot dead on Saturday.
“Seven people, including three policemen, have been killed and 21 injured,” a senior police official Imran Kishwar said.
Doctor Suhrab Khan at the main hospital in Pabbi confirmed that seven
bodies were brought in after the attack — three policemen and four civilians.
Critically wounded patients had been rushed to the Peshawar and nine others were being treated locally, the doctor said.
“The suicide bomber was trying to enter the visitor’s compound at Mian
Iftikhar’s house. The policeman who tried to stop him was also killed,” said senior police official Liaqat Ali.