Bomb blast in Pakistan kills six

AFP-JIJI

A bomb attack targeting an election candidate’s office in northwest Pakistan on Sunday killed at least six people and wounded 22, police said, the latest violence ahead of polls next month.

The improvised explosive device exploded outside the office of an independent candidate in the garrison city of Kohat, which is adjacent to Pakistan’s restive tribal areas along the Afghan border.

“The IED was planted outside the election office. At least five people have been killed and 22 injured,” city police Chief Dilawar Khan Bangash said.

“The election office was open at the time, and supporters of Noor Akbar Khan were sitting inside. The death toll may rise; the condition of some of the injured is critical,” said Tanveer Khan, another police official.