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Suicide Bomber Kills Pak Anti-Taliban Chief

At least six people were killed and three others injured when a suicide-bomber targeted a local anti-Taliban militia chief in Pakistan's restive north-western Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Saturday, Pak media reported.

Fateh Khan, a local leader of the Awami National Party (ANP), was killed along with three of his security guards when a Pak Taliban suicide bomber targeted his vehicle in Dagar area of Buner district.

"The suicide bomber blown himself up in front of Fateh Khan's vehicle. Three guards boarding the vehicle were also killed in the attack," the reports quoted district police chief Jehanzeb Khan as saying.

Khan was one of the key local political leaders and businessmen who was instrumental in setting up a Lashkar (militia) to stop the Taliban from entering Buner from the volatile Swat valley before the extremist briefly seized power in the district in 2009.

Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan, speaking to Dawn.com from an undisclosed location, claimed responsibility for the attack, saying they targeted Fateh Khan for leading armed resistance against the extremist militant outfit.

by RTT Staff Writer

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