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Bomber targets top Pakistani politician

A female suicide bomber has struck in northwest Pakistan, in a bid to assassinate a prominent fundamentalist politician. No group has claimed responsibility.

A female suicide bomber detonated her deadly explosives in northwest Pakistan on Monday in an attempt to target a former leader of Pakistan's biggest Islamist party, according to a government official.

Qazi Husain Ahmad, who used to head Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan, was unhurt, although three of his aides sustained injuries in the explosion, said the official, who added that the suicide bomber was wearing a burqa. The attack occurred in the Mohmand tribal region.

No group has come forward and claimed responsibility for the bomb. Pakistan Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud allegedly criticized Ahmad and his party for lending their support to Pakistan's US-allied government.

Female suicide bombings are rare in northwest Pakistan; women are not permitted to go out in public unaccompanied.

sej/mz (AP, dpa)