Gunmen attack Pakistan power plant

AFP-JIJI

Dozens of gunmen attacked an electricity plant in northwest Pakistan, killing seven people and disrupting power to 100,000 people overnight, officials said Tuesday.

It was the latest audacious assault underscoring rising violence in the northwest as Pakistan prepares to hold general and provincial elections on May 11, which are due to mark the country’s first democratic transition of power. Around 50 militants targeted the plant in Badh Bher. The Peshawar suburb, a key electoral battleground and the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, is rife with al-Qaida-linked militants and Taliban insurgents.