Blast near MMA candidate Akram Durrani's convoy kills three

Lester Mason
July 13, 2018

Pakistani volunteers rush injured persons to a hospital in Quetta, Pakistan, Friday, July 13, 2018.

At least 85 people, including Raisani, were killed and more than 150 injured in a deadly blast, Dawn newspaper quoted Balochistan's caretaker health minister Faiz Kakar as saying. Another senior official, Qaim Lashari, also confirmed it had been a suicide blast.

The nature of the attack was not known and police and intelligence agencies were trying of figure out if it was a suicide bombing.

It came as Pakistan's caretaker government launched a crackdown on political gatherings with Sharif, who was ousted by the Supreme Court previous year and convicted in absentia of corruption a week ago, arriving in the country to rally his party ahead of the general elections.

Among those killed was Baluchistan provincial assembly candidate Siraj Raisani, whose brother Nawab Aslam Raisani had served as the provincial chief minister from 2008 to 2013.

He has served as the federal minister for housing and works in the last federal government and is also a former chief minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Balochistan caretaker home minister Agha Umar Bungalzai said the death toll in the town of Mastung "has risen to 128". He was returning from Bakka Khel, Frontier Region Bannu, where he had attended a JUI-F congregation, when his convoy came under attack.


The explosion comes hours after four people were killed and 39 injured when a bomb hidden inside a motorcycle detonated near Akram Khan Durrani´s convoy in Bannu.

A bomb ripped through the convoy of Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA) candidate Akram Khan Durrani in a Bannu neighborhood this morning.

No group has claimed responsibility for the two attacks so far. On Monday, a suicide bomber killed Awami National Party (ANP) leader and candidate in the general elections, Haroon Bilour and 19 others after striking at a corner election meeting in Peshawar city. Thousands flocked to his funeral the next day.

Underscoring the security threat, a bomb exploded Friday in northwest Pakistan near the border with Afghanistan. The bombing was the biggest attack in Pakistan in over a year and is the third incident of election-related violence this week.

Following the series of attacks, activists called for Pakistani authorities to remain vigilant to protect candidates during the final days of the campaign season.

Militants have targeted politicians, religious gatherings, security forces and even schools in Pakistan. But analysts have long warned that the country has not tackled the root causes of extremism.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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