JUI-F’s Akram Durrani escapes unhurt in Bannu ambush

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A leader of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) and former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) minister, Akram Khan Durrani, on Sunday barely escaped an attack on his life in Bannu less than 10 days after he survived a similar attempt.

The JUI-F leader, who is also a Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) candidate for NA-35, was on his way to address a political convention when he was attacked in the Basia Kheil area of Bannu when shots were fired at his vehicle by unidentified suspects, who escaped after the attack, the police informed.

Durrani was going to far-flung areas of the district to conduct a door-to-door campaign when his vehicle was shot at, DPO Bannu Khurram Rashid was quoted as saying.

No one was injured in the incident.

Earlier, on July 13, his convoy was attacked while he was leaving an election rally, resulting in the death of four people and injuring several others.

Following the incident, Durrani had spoken to the reporters, stating that “the blast took place near the tire of the jeep” when he was passing through a local bazaar after addressing an election rally.

Following the blast, Durrani arrived at the hospital to tend to his supporters.

“The police and security agencies had told me about the security threats,” he had said. “I remained safe but four of my allies have been martyred,” he had remarked.

Durrani has served as the federal minister for housing and works in the last federal government and is also a former chief minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.