ANP leader dies in car explosion in Pakistan

April 14, 2013 at 10:35 AM
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MANGLAWAR, Pakistan, April 14 (UPI) -- Pakistani Taliban took responsibility for the death of a secular party leader in Pakistan's upcoming elections, and the injury of another, in separate attacks.

Awami National Party leader Mukaram Shah was on his way to an election campaign event Sunday when his car was blown up, mostly likely by a remote-controlled bomb, The Express Tribune reported. He died in the attack in Swat's Manglawar area.

Another ANP candidate, Syed Masoom Shah, was injured in a blast near the venue of an ANP rally in Katazai village, Dawn News reported. Three other people were injured in the blast.

They were not the first ANP members to be target by bombs in recent months.

Former Khyber-Pakhtunkkwa ANP Member Provincial Assembly Adnan Wazir died when his car exploded in Wali Noor, the newspaper said. He had been on his way to a public gathering in the Jani Khel area.

Former ANP Agricultural Minister Arbab Ayub Jan was injured by a roadside bomb targeting his vehicle in Chamkani.

Tehreek-e-Taliban claimed responsibility for those attacks, Dawn News reported. TTP spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said the group attacked the candidates because of their party's secular views.

The group said it considers democracy to be against Islam, The Express Tribune reported.

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