Minister’s killing in suicide attack stuns Pakistanis

Pakistani villagers look the rescue work under a portrait of late Punjab Home Minister Shuja Khanzada at the site of a suicide blast in the village of Shadi Khan some 70kms north-west of Islamabad on Sunday. (AFP)

LAHORE: The killing of a Punjab minister in a suicide bombing shocked Pakistanis on Sunday.

Two suicide attackers targeted the provincial minister, who had campaigned against militants, and at least 15 other people, after detonating a bomb at a meeting the minister was attending.

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“Punjab Home Minister Shuja Khanzada has embraced martyrdom,” said chief rescue official Mohammad Ashfaq.

Khanzada, 71, had been holding a meeting with local people who had come to express their condolences on the death of his cousin. He was trapped with several others under the rubble after the blast brought down the roof of the building in the village of Shadi Khan in Attock district.

“There were two suicide bombers, one stood outside the boundary wall and the second one went inside and stood in front of the minister,” Mushtaq Sukhera, provincial police chief, told reporters.

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