Pakistani Counterterrorism Chief Dies in Bombing

ISLAMABAD (TNS/Dpa) -

Two bombers blew themselves up Sunday at the home of a Pakistani minister who had been leading a crackdown against Islamist terrorists, killing him and 14 others, officials said.

Shuja Khanzada, home minster of the central province of Punjab, was targeted at his residence in the remote Attock district, local administration chief Zahid Saeed said.

He was the most prominent politician killed by terrorists since the Pakistani army launched an operation against insurgents in the country’s lawless tribal region near the Afghanistan border.

About 25 people were rescued from the rubble of the building, which collapsed in the bombing, Shahnaz said. They were being treated at hospitals.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack.