Published: Sat, July 14, 2018

89 killed, 120 hurt in Pakistan election campaign bombing

89 killed, 120 hurt in Pakistan election campaign bombing

The group gave no reason for the bombing that killed Mr Raisani, who was running for the election on the Baluchistan Awami Party ticket.

"Mir Siraj Raisani succumbed to wounds while he was being shifted to Quetta", caretaker provincial Home Minister Agha Umar said. Hospital officials said on Friday that the toll in that attack had risen to 22.

ISIS's AMAQ news agency provided no further detail or evidence for its claim.

In a televised appeal to supporters from London earlier this week, Sharif said he was not afraid of prison and asked people to vote for his party. Balochistan caretaker Health Minister Faiz Kakar told Reuters that the death toll had risen to 85 people, with over 120 wounded.

Police had earlier said more than 1,000 people were in attendance at the rally.

Raisani was attending a rally in Mastung, a town in Baluchistan, when the suicide bomber targeted him.

No one claimed responsibility for either bombing, but the attacks came days after a suicide bomber dispatched by the Pakistani Taliban killed secular politician Haroon Ahmed Bilour and 20 others at his rally in the northwestern city of Peshawar.

The director of civil defense, Muhammad Aslam Tareen, told CNN that eight to 10 kilograms of explosives were used in the attack.


Following the incident, an emergency was declared in Quetta hospitals, with additional medical staff summoned.

Earlier on Friday, four people were killed and 32 people were injured in an explosion in the district of Bannu in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. "Injured people were crying in pain and fear", said local journalist Attah Ullah. Durrani survived the attack.

Two children and a number of women were among the 35 injured in the attack.

Their return could shake up an election race marred by accusations Pakistan's powerful military is working behind the scenes to skew the contest in favor of ex-cricket hero Imran Khan, who describes Sharif as a "criminal" who deserves no support.

The law and order had suddenly deteriorated ahead of elections despite claims by the government and security forces that terrorism has been wiped out of the country.

Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa has condemned heinous terrorist attack in Mastung.

Pakistani Taliban have been targeting the members and the leaders of Durrani's party in the past for the religious group's support and participation in the democratic process, which the militants say is a system brought in by Western infidels. On July 7, seven people were injured when a convoy of a Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal came under attack in Bannu.

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