Anti-Taliban tribal leader among 5 killed in Pakistan bombing

Five people have been killed in a blast in northwestern Pakistan, including an influential anti-Taliban tribal leader, police have said, in the first major bombing in more than a decade in an area that was once a battleground between security forces and rebel fighters.

Tuesday’s attack comes as fears rise about the return of the Pakistan Taliban, also known as the TTP, to the Swat area in northwest Pakistan, and peace talks between security forces and fighters, that started last year, have failed.

Peace committee leader Idrees Khan was killed along with two bodyguards when their vehicle drove over an improvised explosive device, Swat police officer Zahid Marwat told Reuters.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Swat Station House Officer Fayaz Khan told Pakistani news website that investigations suggested the attack was a “remote control bomb” which targeted Khan.

He said the blast occurred near the Kot Katai village at 6:30pm (13:30 GMT). A passer-by and another unidentified man were also killed in the attack.