Bombing targets provincial lawmaker in NW Pakistan

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PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Police say a bomb has exploded outside a provincial lawmaker’s compound on the outskirts of the northwestern Pakistan city of Peshawar.

Police official Bashir Khan says nobody was harmed by Sunday’s blast, which damaged a wall outside a building where lawmaker Aalimgir Khan often meets with guests.

Khan says police are trying to determine whether the bomb was remote-controlled or detonated by a timer.

Peshawar has experienced a wave of attacks since mid-October, when the army launched a major ground offensive against the Pakistani Taliban’s main stronghold in the South Waziristan tribal area.

Many of the militants fled the offensive and have been launching attacks throughout the country. More than 600 people have been killed in the past three months.