ANP leader among 12 martyred in Peshawar blast

Lester Mason
July 11, 2018

Bilour was rushed to Lady Reading Hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds.

Police said head of the suspected suicide bomber has been found from rooftop of a building, adding that almost eight kilogram of explosive material was used by the attacker.

The rescue teams and law enforcement agencies reached the site of the blast.

Slain ANP leader Haroon Bilour.

The body of Haroon Bilour was later shifted to Bilour House where ANP workers gathered in great numbers to pay respect to their deceased leader.

11 others were martyred and 35 injured in the suicide bomb attack targeting his rally in a congested neighbourhood of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa capital shortly before the midnight. His father Bashir Bilour, also a prominent politician, was killed by a suicide bomber in 2012.

Terming it the "peak of terrorism", ANP leader Mian Iftikhar Hussain said the attack is aimed at derailing democratic system in the country and a conspiracy to delay upcoming general elections.

According to the police, the vehicle of Haroon Bilour was the main target of the bomber.

Bashir was targeted in the Qisa Khwani Bazaar during an electioneering rally. The ANP, which campaigns against the Taliban, has been a regular target of militants operating in Pakistan's northwest.

The dead include a prominent local politician, while 36 others were injured in the attack on Tuesday, Police said.

On July 4, NACTA Director Obaid Farooq while briefing a sub-committee of the Senate Standing Committee on Interior had said, "We have received as many as 12 threat alerts which are about leadership of political parties, including the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), and six personalities can be targeted during elections".

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan strongly condemned the attack at the ANP corner meeting.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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