BANNU: Federal Minister Akram Khan Durrani narrowly escaped an attack on his life after an improvised explosive device hit his convoy in Bannu town on Thursday, killing two policemen.
The Station House Officer (SHO) of Baka Khel police station told media that Akram Khan Durrani, a JUI-F stalwart and the Federal Minister for Housing and Works, was on his way to Bannu after holding a political rally in Bakakhel area when his convoy came under attack.
“Five more people were injured in the blast but the minister remained unhurt,” confirmed the SHO.
Security forces reached the blast site son after the attack and cordoned off the area while the injured were shifted to District Headquarters Hospital in Bannu.
Back in October, a similar IED blast killed a tribal leader Syed Ali in Nullah Tochi area of the district.
Syed Ali and his son were passing by the area in a vehicle when a remote-controlled IED detonated.
The injured were admitted to the district hospital for treatment where Syed Ali later expired, police sources had confirmed.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif later telephoned the minister and inquired about his well being. The premier strongly condemned the attack calling it an ‘act of terrorism’.