Pakistan MP Survives Shoe Bomb Attack
[An Nahar] A Pakistain MP escaped an liquidation attempt on Friday when a bomb planted in his shoe went
kaboom! as he put them on outside a mosque after prayers, officials said.
The blast in Dera Bugti, about 500 kilometers east of Quetta, capital of the restive province of Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
, maimed 12 people, but their injuries were not life-threatening, police and local officials said.
Ahmedan Bugti, a politician with the Pakistain Moslem League-Q party, which is part of the ruling national coalition, left his shoes outside the mosque while he was offering Friday prayers, provincial home secretary Akbar Durrani told Agence La Belle France Presse.
Someone planted an bomb in one of them which detonated as he put the shoe back on.
"Bugti's leg was badly maimed, a helicopter has been arranged to fly him to Quetta," Durrani said.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility but Balochistan is plagued by Islamist militancy, sectarian violence between majority Sunnis and minority Shiite Moslems and a separatist insurgency.
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