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Suicide attack kills security guards in Pakistan

A suicide bomber targeted an anti-Taliban tribal elder in northwest Pakistan Tuesday, killing two of his security guards and wounding two others, police said.

world Updated: Jun 14, 2012 09:38 IST

A suicide bomber targeted an anti-Taliban tribal elder in northwest Pakistan Tuesday, killing two of his security guards and wounding two others, police said.

The attack took place in Bazidkhel village on the outskirts of Peshawar a day after a bomb hidden in a toy killed a mother and wounded three young children in the Nasir Bagh area on the edge of the city.

The presumed target, Muhammad Fahim, who heads a local anti-Taliban militia, was not in the vehicle at the time of the attack and so was not hurt, police said.

"A suicide bomber blew himself up near the vehicle of Muhammad Fahim, head of the local anti-Taliban peace force, killing his two security guards and wounding two others," senior local police official Shafiullah Khan said.

Another local police official, Shaukat Khan, confirmed the attack and casualties, and said all four security guards were policemen.

Pakistan is on the frontline of the US-led war on al Qaeda. Since July 2007, a Taliban-led insurgency concentrated in the northwest has been fighting against the US-allied government.

In the last five years, attacks blamed on Islamist bombers have killed more than 5,000 people according to an AFP tally.