Suicide bomber kills 30 at Pakistan funeral
Bombing occurred in Mardan, in the northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province
A suicide bomber killed 30 people, including a provincial legislator, gathered for the funeral of a businessman in northern Pakistan today, police said.
The bombing occurred in Mardan, in the northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, which is controlled by Mr Khan’s party.
Senior police say Mr Mohmand was the target of the bombing, probably due to his previous association with the Awami National Party, known for its hard stance against the Taliban.
The ANP controlled the province before Mr Khan won a majority there in May. Mr Khan’s party favour ending drone strikes and holding talks with the Taliban. The militants did not target Mr Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party during the campaign although other parties, including the ANP, suffered fatal Taliban attacks.
A Taliban spokesman declined to comment when asked whether the militants was responsible for the bombing. If the Taliban have decided to take on Mr Khan’s party, it could make the task of ruling the province - which contains the militants’ heartlands - far more difficult. The businessman whose funeral was being held owned a gas station in the region.