A pro-government tribal elder was killed Sunday and his son was wounded when a roadside bomb hit their vehicle in the restive northwest town of Bakakhel, police said.
Malik Sayed Ali Wazir, who headed an anti-Taliban militia in the town, died on the way to hospital while his son was fighting for his life, said Tahir Khan, a senior police official in neighbouing Bannu district. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the killing but attacks on pro-government tribal elders by militants across northwest Pakistan are not uncommon.
Bannu also borders lawless North Waziristan. Pakistani troops in June last year began a long-awaited drive to clear insurgent bases in the district after a bloody attack by the Pakistani Taliban on Karachi airport sank faltering peace hopes. The Army has intensified its offensive since the Taliban’s massacre of 153 people, 134 of them children, in a school in Peshawar last December.