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 Suicide blast at Asfandyar Wali’s ‘Hujra’ kills 4 in Charsadda
 Updated at: 1831 PST,  Thursday, October 02, 2008
Suicide blast at Asfandyar Wali’s ‘Hujra’ kills 4 in Charsadda CHARSADDA: A suicide bomber blew himself up as he tried to run into the house of Awami National Party (ANP) President, Asfandyar Wali Khan on Thursday, killing foiur people but missing the politician, officials said.

It happened as Asfandyar Wali Khan was visiting a guest in his ‘Hujra’ (guest house) attached to his house during celebrations on the second day of Eid-ul-Fitr, police and party officials said.

"Five people were killed in the suicide blast. The target was Asfandyar Wali but he is safe," Mian Iftikhar, the information minister for NWFP told reporters.

Provincial police chief Malik Naveed told reporters that guards shot the bomber before he blew himself up.

"The suicide bomber tried to pass from the security scanner avoiding a physical search. Two security guards grabbed him but he tried to get away," Naveed said.

"Then he was shot and as soon as he fell on the ground he blew himself up.”

He added, "we had made strict security arrangements and that is why the attacker could not cause more damage or casualties."

A senior party member said that one of Khan's armed guards was killed in the latest attack.

Police said the other victims included a policeman and a bank manager, Fazal Ghani, who was visiting to pay his respects to Khan.

The ANP is a secular party supporting the rights of ethnic Pashtuns and Taliban militants have carried out several attacks on its political rallies and its leaders. Twenty-five people were killed in a bombing at an ANP rally in Charsadda in February.

President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani have strongly condemned the blast, the.

"Elements bent upon destroying the peace of the country will not be allowed to succeed in their ulterior motives," President Zardari said.
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