Nine Killed in Bombing of Campaign Offices in Pakistan

Taliban targets secular candidates


Pakistani Taliban detonated bombs at the campaign offices of two politicians in the country's northwest on Sunday killing nine people in an escalation of attacks on secular, left-leaning political parties, police said.

In the first attack, on the outskirts of Kohat city, a bomb ripped through the office of Syed Noor Akbar, killing six and injuring 10 people, police official Mujtaba Hussain said.

A second bomb targeted a campaign office of another candidate, Nasir Khan Afridi, in the suburbs of Peshawar city, and killed three people besides injuring 12, police official Saifur Rehman Khan said.