Published: Wed, July 11, 2018

ANP leader among 12 martyred in Peshawar blast

ANP leader among 12 martyred in Peshawar blast

As many as 66 people were injured in the incident and all casualties, including the ANP leader, were shifted to the Lady Reading Hospital.

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sardar Muhammad Raza strongly condemned attack on ANP leader Haroon Bilour.

More than 30 people injured in the explosion.

Pakistani Police has confirmed 12 deaths resulting from a suicide bombing at an election rally in North-Western part of the country.

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

A suicide bomber blew himself up at a corner meeting late last night moments after Haroon Bilour entered to a joyous welcome marked by fireworks, which the assailant used as their cover, killing at least 14 and wounding 65 others, 15 of whom were in critical condition.

Slain ANP leader Haroon Bilour.

"Tomorrow, if they attack me too, every party worker will come out as Haroon Bilour".

ANP senior leader Mian Iftikhar Hussain said the attack was meant to derail democracy and delay the elections scheduled for July 25. Bilour's father, Bashir Ahmed Bilour, was killed by a suicide bomber during a meeting in 2012 ahead of the election.

While the PTI leader Shireen Mizari said that "Heart wrenching to learn Haroon's young 16-year-old son also died - Bashir Bilour, Haroon Bilour and Danyal Bilour: three generations lost to terrorists who seem to act with impunity". The TTP spokesperson at the time, Ehsanullah Ehsan, had told journalists that Haroon was the target, but "unfortunately Ghulam Ahmed Bilour got injured". The militants killed hundreds of ANP leaders and supporters in attacks around the 2013 election.

No terror group has taken the responsibility of the attack as yet.

The National Counter Terrorism Authority (Nacta) on Monday had revealed the names of six personalities, including Imran Khan and Hafiz Saeed's son, who could be targeted by terrorists during the ongoing election campaign.

Condemning the attack, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan sought security for the political parties and their candidates during the election campaigns.

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