ISLAMABAD - At least eight people including three policemen were killed and 37 others injured in a suicide blast outside a provincial minister's residence in northwest Pakistan on Monday, local sources and TV channels reported.
The blast took place near the house of Mian Iftikhar, information minister of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, in Pabbi near Peshawar, the main city of the province.
Mian Iftikhar escaped the suicide bomb attack because he was not at the place at the time of blast, police sources told media. Local sources said that a lot of people gathered at the minister's residence in his native Pabbi area at the time of the blast to offer condolence to the minister whose son was killed by militants of disbanded Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on Saturday.
Reports said that Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and some other senior officials had planed to visit Iftikhar's residence to offer condolence to him on Monday.