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Bomb Attack in Northwest Pakistan Greets Visiting Top US Envoy

  • VOA News

A bomb exploded in the northwestern city of Peshawar on Wednesday, killing a provincial politician shortly after the top U.S. envoy to the region, Richard Holbrooke, arrived in the city.

Awami Party lawmaker Alam Zeb Khan died after the bomb, hidden in a motorcycle, was remotely detonated near his car as it drove through Peshawar. At least six other people were wounded.

Mr. Holbrooke met with military leaders in the city near the Afghan border, a frequent site of militant attacks. He arrived in Pakistan Monday and held talks Tuesday with top government leaders about reining in the country's growing extremist movement and rooting out terrorist bases in Pakistan's tribal areas.

Holbrooke, U.S. President Barack Obama's newly appointed assistant secretary of state for South Asia, also is due to visit Afghanistan and India this week.


In another sign of Mr. Obama's focus on the region, the president spoke via telephone with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday for the first time since taking over the White House last month. The two leaders agreed to find new ways to resolve issues plaguing South Asia.

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