10 injured as political leader's convoy attacked in Charsadda, NW Pakistan

Islamabad, Jan. 12 (Xinhua-ANI): At least 10 people were injured when a local political leader's convoy was attacked in Pakistan's northwest city of Charsadda on Saturday morning, said hospital sources.

The injured include Bashir Umarzai, a provincial leader of Awami National Party (ANP) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province (KPK), and three policemen, said local media Geo.

Bashir Umarzai received minor injuries and has been shifted to the Lady Reading Hospital in the neighboring city of Peshawar, said a district officer in Charsadda, a city less than 30 km. north of Peshawar, capital city of KPK.

But one local TV channel said he was seriously wounded.

The attack took place at about 9:40 a.m. local time when the convoy carrying the ANP leader, his father and brother on the way to a court hearing in Charsadda was hit by a roadside planted bomb detonated through a remote control device in the Umarzai area of the city.

Exchange of fires followed the blast, reported local media without giving details.

Large contingent of police and security forces have been dispatched to the site following the attack.

Some of the injured have been shifted to the district headquarters hospital in Charsadda while five others including Bashir Umarzai have been referred to hospital in Peshawar.

Bashir Umarzai is a former forestry minister of KPK and a member of the provincial assembly. ANP is a major political party in Pakistan, which mainly represents the interests of the Pashtun- speaking people from the northwest part of the country. (Xinhua-ANI)

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