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Bomb kills ex-Pakistan minister


A former provincial minister and two other people have been killed in a bomb attack near the north-western Pakistani town of Hangu, police have said.

Ghani-ur Rehman, a former North-West Frontier Province education minister, died when a roadside bomb exploded next to the car in which he was travelling.

The driver and bodyguard of the Awami National Party member were also killed.

The attack comes two days after 98 people were killed by an explosion at a volleyball tournament in Lakki Marwat.

No group has said it carried out that attack, which was the deadliest since a bombing in Peshawar in October killed 120.

The US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, condemned the attack and said Washington would continue supporting Pakistan's efforts to combat extremism and bolster democracy.

For his part, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari said such actions would not weaken his government's resolve to fight terrorism.

Lakki Marwat lies in an area regarded as a Taliban stronghold until recently, when the militants were driven out by the Pakistani army.

In a separate incident on Sunday, two people were killed and four injured when their vehicle was struck by a remote-controlled bomb near Khar in the Bajaur tribal area.

The victims were tribal elders who were trying to set up an anti-Taliban militia.

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