Pakistan

Nine Killed in Bombing of Campaign Offices in Pakistan

Taliban targets secular candidates

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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.