PESHAWAR: The chief minister of a restive northwestern Pakistani province on the frontline of the fight against homegrown militants survived a Taliban suicide bombing assassination bid yesterday.
Ameer Haider Khan Hoti was travelling to a political rally when the attacker threw a grenade at his car before blowing himself up, senior local official Zaka Ullah said.
No one was hurt.
The attack came less than two months after the Pakistani Taliban killed Hoti’s number two Bashir Bilour in a suicide bombing at a political meeting in Peshawar, the main city of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, which is frequently hit by shootings and bombings.
Danishwar Khan, police chief for Mardan, where the attack took place, confirmed it was a suicide bombing. (AFP)