JNN 29 April 2013 Hangu : A bomb exploded near the election office of NA-39’s independent candidate Syed Noor Akbar Alam on Hangu road in Kacha Pakka village of Kohat region , adjacent to Pakistan’s restive tribal areas along the Afghan border.killing at least Eight people and injuring 25 others.
The blast was heard across Kohat city and caused damage to nearby shops, buildings and parked cars.
The Kohat blast came at the campaign office of Noor Akbar Khan, who is running in the Orakzai tribal district. He is canvassing for votes among the numerous Orakzai residents forced to flee the district to Kohat by army operations against militants.
District Police Office Dilawar Bangash told that the bomb was a remotely-detonated IED device planted in a shop which was between the election offices of an independant candidate Noor Akbar who is contestint election from NA-39 Tribal Area-IV and the election office of Awami National Party candidate Khursheed Begum, contesting from NA-14.
He added that at least 10 kilograms of explosive material was used in its making and that the election offices of both the candidates were destroyed in the attack.
Bomb Disposal Squad officials who reach the spot were also of the view that the bomb was planted.
Fazal Naeem, a police spokesman in Kohat, confirmed the attack and told AFP the blast had damaged shops and vehicles nearby and also hit an office of the Awami National Party (ANP), which has been targeted repeatedly by the Taliban.
“The election office was open at the time and supporters of Noor Akbar Khan were sitting inside. The death toll may rise, the condition of some of the injured is critical,” Tanveer Khan, another police official, told AFP.
Some sources suggested that the attack was a suicide bombing.
The wounded persons were shifted to nearby hospitals for treatment.
Security forces have cordoned off the area.
Sources said that Syed Noor Akbar have been targeted as he belonged to the Shia sect.
Responsibility Claimed by TTP :
The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed the responsibility of the attacks in Karachi, Kohat and Peshawar and said that they would not target Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F).