At least eight people, including Khyber Pakhtunkhwa law minister Israrullah Gandapur, were killed Wednesday when a suspected suicide bomber exploded outside his residence in Dera Ismail Khan.
Police said at least seven other people were killed and 20 were wounded in the explosion.
According to eyewitnesses, the provincial law minister was exchanging Eid greetings with people outside his residence in DI Khan’s tehsil Kullachi when the suicide bomber detonated his suicide vest.
Deputy Superintendent of police in Kullachi, Jan Mohammad Khan, confirmed the minister’s death.
“Pakhtunkhwa lost an astute parliamentarian, a decent Pashtun and a brave leader in the martyrdom of Israr Gandapur. May he rest in peace,” tweeted prominent politician Afrasiab Khattak.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and President Mamnoon Hussain strongly condemned the incident.