70 killed in Pak­istan sui­cide bomb­ing

New Straits Times - - WORLD -

QUETTA: The death toll in a sui­cide bomb­ing in south­west­ern Pak­istan yes­ter­day jumped to 70, an of­fi­cial said, the dead­li­est in a string of at­tacks on po­lit­i­cal ral­lies that have raised se­cu­rity fears ahead of na­tion­wide polls.

“Sev­enty bod­ies are in six dif­fer­ent hos­pi­tals and there are more than 120 wounded.

“Be­tween 15 and 20 are in crit­i­cal con­di­tion,” said Balochis­tan Health Min­is­ter Faiz Kakar.

The blast in the town of Mas­tung, near the Balochis­tan pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal here, came hours af­ter an­other bomb killed at least four peo­ple at a cam­paign rally in Bannu in the coun­try’s north­west.

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

AFP PIC

An in­jured man be­ing at­tended to fol­low­ing a bomb blast at an elec­tion rally in Quetta yes­ter­day.

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