90 dead in twin poll blasts

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At least 90 peo­ple, in­clud­ing a top na­tion­al­ist leader, were killed and more than 180 oth­ers in­jured to­day in a pow­er­ful sui­cide blast and a tar­geted at­tack on sep­a­rate elec­tion ral­lies in Pak­istan, the dead­li­est in a se­ries of as­saults on can­di­dates ahead of the July 25 polls.

Mil­i­tants tar­geted a gath­er­ing of Balochis­tan Awami Party leader Si­raj Raisani in Mas­tung area in the trou­bled Balochis­tan prov­ince. “Raisani suc­cumbed to wounds while he was be­ing shifted to Quetta,” a po­lice of­fi­cer said.

Raisani is the brother of for­mer Chief Min­is­ter of Balochis­tan Nawab As­lam Raisani. The Is­lamic State terror group has claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack.

The out­fit an­nounced the claim through its Aa­maq news agency with­out pro­vid­ing fur­ther de­tails. At least 85 peo­ple, in­clud­ing Raisani, were killed and more than 150 in­jured in a deadly blast, Dawn quoted Balochis­tan’s care­taker health min­is­ter Faiz Kakar as say­ing. He said the death toll could rise fur­ther as 120 peo­ple have been wounded in the ex­plo­sion.

The at­tack came hours af­ter a bomb hit a rally of Akram Khan Dur­rani of Mu­tahida Ma­jlis Amal, an al­liance of re­li­gious party, in Bannu area of Khy­ber-Pakhtunkhwa prov­ince. Five per­sons were killed and over 37 other in­jured, po­lice said.

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