Home Minister Shuja Khanzada, 71, and a DSP were among 20 people killed when two suicide bombers attacked his political office yesterday in his native Shadi Khan village in Attock district, around 100 kms from capital city of Islamabad.
The roof of the hall where some three to four dozen people were sitting with the minister collapsed in the blast trapping them in the rubble.
"The death toll of the Attock blast has risen to 20. The rescue operation has not been completed at yet. Some 17 injured have been shifted to different hospitals for treatment," Deeba Shahnaz, a Punjab Emergency Department Rescue 1122 spokesperson said.

Inspector General of Punjab Police Mushtaq Sukhera said two suicide-bombers took part in the attack. He said, "There were two suicide bombers - one stood outside the boundary wall and the other was already present in the hall before the arrival of the minister”.
"When the minister entered the hall and started interacting with the people present there both bombers blew themselves up. The blast by the bomber standing outside caused the roof to fall flat on the minister and other people gathered there," he added.
Lashkar-e-Jhanghvi, Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan and Jamaat-ul-Ahrar reportedly claimed the responsibility of the attack. The minister had also received threats from Al-Qaeda.


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