Failed suicide attack kills bomber in Rawalakot

A man blew himself up in a botched suicide bombing on Sunday in Azad Kashmir, an official said.

The bomber’s explosives went off as he was heading to a target in Rawalakot district, 120 kilometres (74 miles) south of regional capital Muzaffarabad.

“The bomber was trying to hit some sensitive installations but the explosive went off before time, when he was on his way to hit his target,” said Chaudhry Raqeeb, the top administrative official in Rawalakot. He said the bomber was identified as a local resident.

In a separate incident, police defused a timed device hidden in a pressure cooker in a shop after being tipped off by a local security guard in a congested market in Muzaffarabad, administrative official Chaudhry Imtiaz said.