Suicide Bombers Strike Pakistan Officials Setting Election Rules

Suicide bombers attacked the office of a senior government administrator in the Pakistani city of Peshawar as political parties discussed preparations for a May election, killing four security personnel, Geo TV reported.

Seven people were also wounded in the attack by gunmen disguised as members of the region’s police force, the channel said. Local party leaders were meeting at the headquarters of Mutahir Zeb, the top official in northwestern Khyber Agency, to discuss the campaign code of conduct for the parliamentary poll.

One of the two bombers blew himself up as paramilitary troops opened fire, Geo said, citing senior police official Imran Shahid. The attack will fuel concerns militants may step up violence before the ballot. A Feb. 16 bomb attack targeting the country’s Shiite minority killed 84 people and wounded 225 in the southwestern city of Quetta.

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