Female bomber attacks former Pakistani politician

PUBLISHED : Monday, 19 November, 2012, 4:03pm
UPDATED : Monday, 19 November, 2012, 4:07pm


A female suicide bomber in northwest Pakistan detonated her explosives near the convoy of a former leader of the country’s largest Islamist party, according to a government official.

Shamsur Rehman Khan said Qazi Husain Ahmad, the former chief of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan, escaped unhurt from the attack on Monday in the Mohmand tribal region. However, three of his aides were wounded.

Khan, who is a government administrator in Mohmand, said the bomber was wearing an all-encompassing burqa and had explosives strapped to her body.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack.

Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud reportedly criticised Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan and singled out Ahmad in particular in a recent audio message, accusing him of supporting Pakistan’s US-allied rulers.