A British woman was among at least eight people killed by a suicide bomber at a busy market in Pakistan yesterday.
Belinda Khan, 44, from Cardiff, was shopping with her husband when the explosion happened in the war-torn Swat Valley region. He survived the blast.
Mrs Khan – also known by her Muslim name Aamna – had travelled to Pakistan earlier this month to get married.
Her husband Saeed told the Guardian she was in a car when the bomb exploded. He rushed to her side to find her conscious, but silent.
Killed: Briton Belinda Khan, pictured here with her second husband Saeed, has died in a suicide bombing in Pakistan
'She looked at me and we just saw each other for three or four seconds,' he said. Then, the gas canister in the car blew up in a second explosion.
Saeed pulled his wife's body from the car and rushed her to hospital but it was too late.
Saeed was Mrs Khan's second husband. They had wanted to marry in the UK, but he was denied a visa. She flew to Pakistan on February 8, and they were married the next day, the Guardian reported.
Mrs Khan had converted to Islam in 2005, while she was married to her current husband's brother, Yahya. He was killed by the Taliban in 2008 while she was in the UK.
Blast: Pakistani army soldiers inspect the scene of a bomb blast in Mingora
Death toll: Eight people were injured in the suicide bomb attack in the market
A Foreign Office spokesman said: ‘We can confirm that a British national was killed in the attack in Swat Valley.
‘Next of kin have been informed and we are providing consular assistance.’
'She came to have a second life with me,' a broken-hearted Saeed was quoted as saying. 'My family and I are missing her very much.'
The family buried Mrs Khan in a home in their village of Kuza Bandai after speaking with her brother in Cardiff.
Among the messages of sympathy on the grave was one which read: 'We are proud of Belinda'.
Devastation: Cars were gutted and shopfronts blown out in the attack
Some 47 people were injured in the attack, including two Pakistani soldiers
Today another ex-husband of Mrs Khan told of his 'shock and disbelief' at her death.
Speaking from his home in Wales, Clive Gardiner, 46, said: 'It is a hell of a shock - I didn't even know she was out there.
'I only sent her a text message a few days ago but I didn't have a reply.
'I just wanted to see how she was. Even though we divorced four years ago we still kept in contact and it was amicable between us.'
Mr Gardiner, of Barry, South Wales, said he and Mrs Khan, a former community care worker, were childhood sweethearts and had been married for 16 years.
They had no children.
Mrs Khan's brother and other family members have been in touch with Mr Gardiner since his wife's death.
Some 37 people were injured in the attack after the suicide bomber detonated his device at a road junction surrounded by shops and market stalls as vehicles carrying members of Pakistan's security forces passed.
Television footage of the scene showed that the blast had ripped out shopfronts and blown out car windows.
everal cars were gutted, and a fire engine rushed to extinguish a blaze ignited by the explosion.
'It was a suicide attack. Its target was security forces,' Major Mishtaq Khan, the army spokesman in Swat, said.
Pakistani forces seized the Swat Valley back from local Taliban militants in the middle of last year.
But the area, close to the border with Afghanistan, has continued to be plagued by sporadic violence.
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