6 killed in blast near PML-Q gathering

A suicide bomber today blew himself up near the venue of a political gathering of Pakistan Muslim league-Q at Battagram in northwest Pakistan, killing at least six persons and injuring 13 others.

The bomber struck as workers of the PML-Q party, which is part of the ruling coalition at the centre, were preparing for a rally to be addressed by senior party leader and former federal minister Amir Muqam.

Witnesses said the bomber blew himself up near a group of policemen deployed to guard the rally.

The blast hit an office of the water and power utility located near the venue of the rally, witnesses told the media.

Police officials said at least six persons, including three policemen, were killed in the attack.

The injured were taken to nearby hospitals.

PML-Q workers said senior leader Amir Muqam was safe as he was not at the venue at the time of the blast.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack.

The traders closed down shutters of shops and raised slogans. PML-Q leader Eng Amir Muqam has strongly condemned the attack and termed it cowardice act of terrorism.
Talking to reporters, he said that such coward act of terrorism could not deter our determination from service to people.
He demanded arrest of the perpetrators.