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

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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

Islamabad, Pakistan CNN —  

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.

Journalist Saboor Khattak contributed to this report