PARACHINAR, Pakistan (AP) — A government official said a suicide attack targeting a militant commander has killed 15 people in northwestern Pakistan.
The official, Wajid Khan, said the militant commander targeted in the attack today, Nabi Hanfi, has been fighting against the Pakistani Taliban in the Orakzai tribal region where the bombing occurred.
Khan said gunmen fired shots at Hanfi’s compound and then a suicide bomber drove a vehicle inside and detonated his explosives. The blast killed 15 people and wounded six others. Hanfi was not present at the time of the attack, he said.
No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but suspicion will likely fall on the Pakistani Taliban.