Welsh Woman Killed in Pakistan Suicide Blast; Islam Convert's First Husband Killed by Taliban

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Welsh Woman Killed in Pakistan Suicide Blast; Islam Convert's First Husband Killed by Taliban


Byline: Chris Haines

Islam convert's first husband killed by Taliban A WELSH woman who converted to Islam was killed by a suicide bomber after moving to Pakistan to be with her new husband, it emerged last night.

Belinda Khan, from Ynyshir, Rhondda, died when a blast ripped through a busy market in Mingora, the main city in the troubled Swat Valley. At least eight people were killed in Monday's blast. Her husband is believed to be among at least 37 people injured in the attack.

Mrs Khan's life had been marked by tragedy. According to reports, her Pakistani previous husband, Yahya Khan, was killed by the Taliban in 2008.

Mrs Khan had only returned to Pakistan on February 8, marrying her late husband's brother, Saeed Khan, the following day.

It is understood she was shopping with her new husband in Mingora's market when the bomb went off.

Her widower told reporters: "She came to have a second life with me. My family and I are missing her very much." She was buried in a cemetery near her husband's family home in the village of Kuza Bandai later the same day. Tributes toWelsh woman killed in Pakistan bomb from page 1 door to Mrs Khan in Ynyshir, yesterday said she was shocked at the news. She said Mrs Khan had moved back to the area within the last year but that she had known her since she was a young girl. "She was brought up around here and her original name is Evans. I understand that she moved here from Cardiff," Ms Kirby said. "I don't think anybody knew she was out in Pakistan or that she had any link to the country. She kept herself to herself. "You knew her to nod to in the street and say hello, but that is about it. But this is still something that is quite frightening." Mrs Khan had grown up in Cardiff and been married to her childhood sweetheart Clive Gardiner for 16 years before the couple divorced four years ago. …

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