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Pak Guv escapes missile attack

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KALAYA: Militants fired two missiles at a rally led by the governor of Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province on Tuesday, killing one person and wounding four, but the governor was not hurt, security officials said.

Governor Masood Kasur was to address ethnic Pashtun tribal leaders when the rally was attacked in Kalaya, a town in the Orakzai region, the officials said.

”The governor was receiving a briefing before the start of the function when the rockets struck. He is safe,” senior government official Fazal Qadir said.

”One rocket fell near the helipad while the other landed inside the ground where the rally was being held.”

Orakzai is one of the seven agencies of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas in the northwest. All but Orakzai shares a border with Afghanistan.

There was no claim of responsibility for the attack but Pakistani Taliban, who have been fighting to topple the US-backed government for years, operate in the area. (Reuters)

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