Islamabad: A provincial minister and four other persons were injured when his vehicle was ambushed by pro-Taliban militants in northwest Pakistan, officials said on Monday.

The car of Sardar Babak Hussain, the Education Minister of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, overturned after the militants fired at it in Buner district late last night.

He was taken to a hospital in Swabi town.

Babak, a senior leader of the Awami National Party, was injured in the hand and shoulder.

Four persons, including Babak's aide, his driver and two guards were also injured, officials said.

The minister told the media that his vehicle was fired at from behind the home of a known militant. The driver lost control of the car during the attack, he said.

The Taliban have killed dozens of ANP leaders and workers and members of their families in attacks over the past few years.