PESHAWAR: A roadside bomb attack targeted a former NWFP provincial cabinet minister on Sunday, killing him and three other people in the country’s northwest, police said.

The bomb exploded in Bagto village, about 10 kilometres from the northwestern town of Hangu.

“Four people, including Ghaniur Rehman (a former cabinet minister in North West Frontier Province) have died in the attack,” Hangu city police chief Abdul Rashid Khan told AFP.

“The other three are a bodyguard, his driver and a friend,” he added.

A doctor at the main hospital in Hangu confirmed Rehman and three other people were killed in the attack.

“It was a remote-controlled roadside bomb blast,” police spokesman Fazal Naeem told AFP by telephone.

Bagto village is close to Orakzai, one of the seven districts that make up the semi-autonomous tribal belt.