Pakistani governor escapes rocket attack

Pakistani Taliban gather in an open area of Mamouzai in Orakzai Agency on November 26, 2008.

Story highlights

  • Officials say the governor of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa province was going to a political rally
  • The governor escapes unharmed
  • Six people are wounded at the rally
  • The military has been battling militants in the area
Suspected militants launched rocket attacks on the convoy of a provincial governor and a political rally he was about to attend in northwestern Pakistan, wounding six people, government officials said Tuesday.
Gov. Syed Masood Kausa of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa province escaped unharmed in Orakzai Agency, a volatile tribal area in northwest Pakistan, where the attack took place, said Fazal Qadir, a local government official.
The political rally he was about to attend also was hit with a rocket about the same time, according to government spokesman Sahibzada Mohammad Hanif. All the injured people came from the rally.
The government launched a military offensive in March against militants who fled fighting in North and South Waziristan.
CNN visited Orakzai in June and was told by military officials that 90% of the agency had been cleared of militants. Since then, however, fighting between militants and Pakistani forces has continued periodically in the area.