KP minister escapes attack


Amjad Khan Afridi, a provincial cabinet minister from Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), escaped unhurt Monday when some militants opened fire on his vehicle in Kohat district, officials said.
Afridi, who is the minister for housing and physical planning in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, was travelling in his bullet-proof car when the militants hiding in the Bilitang area of Kohat district opened fire, police said.
“Militants fired three sniper shots from the nearby hills. One bullet hit the car’s windscreen. The minister is safe,” Mubarak Zeb, police chief in Kohat district, told AFP.
“The minister was the target. Militants were involved in this attack,” he added.
An intelligence official in Peshawar, the provincial capital, blamed the attack on the Taliban.
Afridi had a police escort at the time of the attack, the official added.