Bomb Blast Kills 10 At Election Rally In Pakistan

Siraj Raisani

Siraj Raisani

At least 128 people, including Balochistan Awami Party leader Siraj Raisani, were killed and almost 200 others injured in a suicide attack in Balochistan on Friday.

Zardari also condemned terror attack on the convoy of former Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Akram Durrani in Bannu which killed four and injured 35 others.

The Islamic State's Amaq News Agency claimed that the group was responsible for carrying out the bombing.

The blast in the town of Mastung, near the Balochistan provincial capital Quetta, was the latest in a string of attacks that have spurred fears of violence ahead of nationwide polls on July 25, and underscored the fragility of Pakistan's dramatic gains in security.

At least 30 people were wounded in the blast, which occurred just after the rally hosted by the JUI-F religious political party ended on Friday morning, said a police official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Balochistan Awami Party candidate Nawabzada Siraj Raisani, who was scheduled to contest the election against his brother, died in the blast.

Raisani was the younger brother of former provincial chief minister Mir Aslam Raisani.

Raisani is the second election candidate to be killed in terrorist attack in last 3 days in the run up to the general elections in Pakistan.

This comes as a suicide bomber targeted the Awami National Party candidate Haroon Bilour on Monday.

The officials have said the death toll has climbed at least four people while at least 32 others have sustained injuries and are undergoing treatment in the District Headquarter Hospital in Bannu. The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for the attack.

In February 2017, Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at a shrine in southern Pakistan, killing 83 people and wounding over 150.

Local media confirmed the death toll, quoting Balochistan's Home Minister Agha Umar Bangalzai.

Authorities said the suicide bomber detonated in the middle of a compound where the political meeting was taking place.

Earlier, RPO Karim Khan informed Geo News that the explosion took place 50 metres away from the site of a Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) rally in Haved locality, adding that 40 policemen were deployed at the venue for security duties.

The election will pit the PML-N against its main rival, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, a party led by cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan.

Analysts warn however that Pakistan has yet to tackle the root causes of militancy.

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