Suicide attack on Pakistan minister foiled

Police disrupted a plan to assassinate a regional education minister in north-west Pakistan today when they engaged four militants in a gun battle that ended with a teenage suicide bomber blowing himself up.

An informant tipped off officers that insurgents had gathered in a government high school in North West Frontier province and were planning to kill Education Minister Sardar Hussain Babak and attack government installations and security forces, a police spokesman said.

Police confronted the militants and a firefight ensued. A loud explosion rocked the building and three of the men escaped, including one who was wounded.

The spokesman said the remains of the suicide attacker would be sent away for identification purposes.

The attack is the latest in a string of violent events. On Friday, a suicide bomber drove an explosives-laden vehicle into a hotel in the north-western town of Kohat, killing more than 30 people and wounding dozens of others.

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