Punjab Home Min­is­ter, 19 oth­ers killed in sui­cide bomb­ing

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AT­TOCK: A sui­cide bomber on Sun­day killed Punjab Home Min­is­ter Col (retd) Shuja Khan­zada and nine­teen oth­ers at his po­lit­i­cal of­fice in At­tock dis­trict, a gov't ad­viser said. Ad­viser to Punjab CM Shah­baz Sharif, Dr Saeed Elahi, con­firmed Khan­zada's death. Wit­nesses said the bomber struck a gath­er­ing of up-to 30 peo­ple at the guest house of the min­is­ter at vil­lage Shadi Khan. The min­is­ter used to meet the peo­ple at his po­lit­i­cal of­fice on Sun­day.

The blast was so pow­er­ful that roof of the build­ing col­lapsed, bury­ing the min­is­ter and the peo­ple there. Lo­cals started res­cue op­er­a­tion and pulled some bod­ies out of the rub­ble. Civil and mil­i­tary teams later joined the res­cue op­er­a­tion. The In­te­rior Min­istry sources said the banned "Lashkar-e-Jhangvi" claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack. Fam­ily sources said Khan­zada had ini­tially re­fused to meet the peo­ple at his guest house as he had to at­tend some wed­ding cer­e­monies in his con­stituency.

How­ever, he met the peo­ple on their re­quest. The bomber blew him­self up as he was lis­ten­ing to the visi­tors. His son Suhrab Khan, who was also at the guest house, said he had gone for a while to bring tea for the guest when he heard the huge blast. He said there were 20 to 30 peo­ple with his fa­ther at the time of the blast. DSP Hazro Shaukat Shah was among the dead, po­lice said. Sev­eral po­lice guards were also in­jured. An emer­gency was de­clared in hos­pi­tals in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Is­lam­abad. The In­ter Ser­vices Public Re­la­tions said, "Pak­istan Army's spe­cial ur­ban search and res­cue teams reached the blast site."

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