133 killed, over 200 hurt in twin blasts in Pak poll ral­lies

Balochis­tan Awami Party leader Si­raj Raisani among 128 killed in the at­tack in Mas­tung area of Balochis­tan prov­ince Five per­sons killed af­ter a bomb hit a rally of Akram Khan Dur­rani of Mu­tahida Ma­jlis Amal party in Khy­ber-Pakhtunkhwa prov­ince

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AT LEAST 133 peo­ple, in­clud­ing a top nationalist leader, were killed and more than 200 oth­ers in­jured on Fri­day 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 (BAP) leader Si­raj Raisani in Mas­tung area in Balochis­tan prov­ince.

“Raisani suc­cumbed to wounds while he was be­ing shifted to Quetta,” District Po­lice Of­fi­cer Mo­ham­mad Ayub Achakzai 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 that left 128 peo­ple dead, po­lice of­fi­cials said.

The out­fit an­nounced the claim through its Aa­maq news agency with­out pro­vid­ing fur­ther details.

At least 128 peo­ple, in­clud­ing Raisani, were killed and more than 200 in­jured in a deadly blast, po­lice of­fi­cials said. Lo­cal me­dia con­firmed the death toll, quot­ing pro­vin­cial Home Min­is­ter Agha Umar Ban­galzai.

“Ini­tially the death toll was not high but many crit­i­cally in­jured per­sons in­clud­ing Si­raj Raisani passed away in hospi­tals,” Balochis­tan’s care­taker health min­is­ter Faiz Kakar said.

He said the death toll could rise fur­ther as 120 peo­ple have been wounded in the ex­plo­sion.

Of­fi­cials of the Bomb Dis­posal Squad (BDS) con­firmed that it was a sui­cide blast. They said that around 16-20 kilo­gram of ex­plo­sives were used in the at­tack.

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

The at­tack came hours af­ter a bomb hit a rally of Akram Khan Dur­rani of Mu­tahida Ma­jlis Amal (MMA), an al­liance of re­li­gious party, in­clud­ing Jamiat Ulema-e-Is­lam-Fazal ( JUI-F) and Ja­maat-e-Is­lami, in Bannu area of Khy­ber-Pakhtunkhwa prov­ince.

Five per­sons were killed and over 37 other in­jured, po­lice said.

Dur­rani was un­hurt in the at­tack. He later vis­ited the in­jured in a hos­pi­tal in Bannu and said that his ve­hi­cle was dam­aged in the at­tack.

Dur­rani, who is con­test­ing in July 25 elec­tions against Pakistan Tehreek-e-In­saaf chief Im­ran Khan, an­nounced that he will con­tinue cam­paign de­spite threats.

No group has claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the two at­tacks so far.

The twin at­tacks came as for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif along with his daugh­ter Maryam re­turned to the coun­try to face ar­rest in a cor­rup­tion case.


A blast vic­tim is brought to a Quetta hos­pi­tal, on Thurs­day.

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