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Bomb misses local police chief in Pakistan, 1 dead

Bomb misses local police chief in Pakistan, 1 dead

A roadside bomb aimed at a local police chief's vehicle exploded in northwest Pakistan early Wednesday, killing a passer-by, police said.
Police chief Bahawal Khan safely escaped the blast in Dera Ismail Khan, but his bodyguard was wounded, police official Miran Shah said.
Dera Ismail Khan is near South Waziristan, the tribal region where the army is preparing for an offensive against Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud.
The city has witnessed significant violence in recent years, some of it due to rivalries between Shiite and Sunni Muslims. Attacks targeting security forces in the region, however, tend to be blamed on Taliban militants.
Khan, chief of a police precinct in Dera Ismail Khan, has played a major role in arresting suspected militants in the city, Shah said.
Just last month in Dera Ismail Khan, a rival of Mehsud's was shot dead. The killing of Qari Zainuddin was a blow to government efforts to align forces against the Pakistani Taliban chief ahead of the full-scale offensive in South Waziristan.
This week, militants in North Waziristan announced they were pulling out of a peace pact with the government because of army operations in the northwest and continued U.S. missile strikes in the region.
The collapse of the peace deal raises the likelihood that the army will have to wage an offensive in North Waziristan as well as South Waziristan.
Already, the military is engaged in another part of the northwest, the Swat Valley, where over the past two months it says it has killed some 1,600 Taliban militants.


Updated : 2021-04-14 15:24 GMT+08:00