Gunmen attack Pakistani official's compound, 5 dead

PESHAWAR, Pakistan Mon Feb 18, 2013 5:46pm IST

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Four security guards and a civilian were killed in the Pakistani city of Peshawar on Monday after gunmen, wearing police uniforms, raided the compound of a senior government official, officials said.

Two explosions were heard, followed by gunfire at the compound of top political official Muttahirzeb Khan, where tribal officials and members of political parties had gathered for talks.

Officials suspected the attackers were suicide bombers. It was not immediately known if they survived.

"A man in paramilitary uniform was standing next to the fence. I do not know if he was actually a paramilitary person or not, but he seemed to have been hit," said tribal politician Sharifullah Khan.

"When he moved, I suddenly thought he must be a suicider. So I stepped back, and as soon as I stepped back, he exploded."

A second tribal politician, Niaz Ahmad Khan, said some participants had just joined the meeting "when firing started inside the political compound, and then there was a heavy blast, and again heavy firing began.

"We were told by the officials to take shelter inside the office as the terrorists had attacked the political compound."

He said he saw two bodies and some injured people lying on the ground inside the compound in the northwestern city.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. But the Pakistani Taliban have carried out similar operations.

Militants have stepped up attacks across Pakistan just months ahead of a national election. On Saturday, 85 people, most of them Shi'ites, were killed in the southwestern city of Quetta in an attack blamed on Sunni militants.

(Reporting by Jibran Ahmad; Writing by Michael Georgy; Editing by Ron Popeski)

FILED UNDER:
Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

India-Pakistan Ties

REUTERS SHOWCASE

No Deflation Fears

No Deflation Fears

Indian consumers respond to softer oil, food prices.  Full Article 

IS in India

IS in India

India says Islamic State not yet a threat.  Full Article 

Ebola Outbreak

Ebola Outbreak

India to step up travel surveillance to stop any Ebola outbreak.  Full Article 

'Blade Runner' Jailed

'Blade Runner' Jailed

Pistorius starts five-year term for killing Reeva Steenkamp.  Full Article 

Diwali Pollution

Diwali Pollution

Delhi braces for worst air quality this Diwali week.  Full Article 

Npeal Disaster

Npeal Disaster

Death toll in Nepal's worst trekking disaster reaches 43.  Full Article 

Designer Passes Away

Designer Passes Away

Oscar de la Renta remembered for his elegant designs, generosity.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage