PARACHINAR, Pakistan — A suicide bomber on a motorcycle attacked a progovernment tribal elder’s vehicle in northwest Pakistan on Monday, killing at least eight people, police said.
The elder, Malik Habibullah Khan, was not in the vehicle at the time of the attack, but his brother and a guard were killed, said police Officer Aleem Khan.
The explosion in Hangu district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province also wounded nine people, several critically, the officer said.
No one has claimed responsibility for the attack. Suspicion probably will fall on the Pakistani Taliban, which have been fighting a bloody insurgency that has killed thousands of civilians and security personnel.
The Pakistani government has encouraged tribesmen in the northwest to form militias to fight against the Taliban.
The militants have carried out many retaliatory attacks against these groups.
Pakistan’s new government, which took power in June, has said it plans to meet with other political parties and the military to come up with a comprehensive strategy to fight militancy. Analysts have criticized the government, saying its response to attacks has been weak. Suspected militants killed about 160 people in the government’s first month in power.