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Pakistani policeman killed in attack on Shia lawyer

From the Daily Times in Pakistan:

PESHAWAR/ISLAMABAD: A policeman was killed and four others including a Shia lawyer were injured when a remote-controlled bomb went off in the parking lot of a court in Dera Ismail Khan, police said on Wednesday.

DIK Cantt police station official Arif Khan told Daily Times that the bomb went off as former District Bar Association president Mastan Ali Zaidi was parking his car in the district courts parking area.

According to police, Mastan’s bodyguard Asad Abbas, who was a police constable, was killed while Mastan, his clerk Iqbal and two pedestrians were injured. The injured were shifted to the district headquarter hospital where one was said to be in critical condition.

Condemnation: Separately, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani condemned the blast and ordered an immediate inquiry.

There was no claim of responsibility but the city has recently witnessed both Taliban-related violence and sectarian fighting between Sunni and Shia Muslims.