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

Markets

REUTERS SHOWCASE

Modi's 100 Days

Modi's 100 Days

100 days of Modi: Good for business, not so good for marginalised groups  Full Article 

India Win

India Win

India crush feeble England to clinch one-day series.  Full Article 

Power Outage

Power Outage

Mumbai hit by power cuts  Full Article 

Segway in India

Segway in India

Segway’s India business pegs hope on tech-savvy Modi   Full Article 

Pakistan Protests

Pakistan Protests

Pakistan parliament backs embattled prime minister as crisis deepens  Full Article 

Afghan Turmoil

Afghan Turmoil

Afghan turmoil threatens NATO's "mission accomplished" plans  Full Article 

In Trouble

In Trouble

Justin Bieber charged with assault, dangerous driving in Canada.  Full Article 

Mass Hacking

Mass Hacking

Actress Jennifer Lawrence contacts authorities after nude photos hacked.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

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