105 killed as suicide blast hits political meeting in SW Pakistan
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At least 105 people including a political leader were killed and over 150 others injured when a suicide blast

hit a political meeting in Mastung district of Pakistan’s southwest

Balochistan province on Friday, officials said.

Confirming the death toll, caretaker home minister of Balochistan province

Agha Umar said that the injured people are being treated at various

hospitals. Militant group of the Islamic State claimed the attack at its website.

Qaim Lashari, deputy commissioner of Mastung, said that target of the

explosion was political leader Nawabzada Siraj Raisani, who was attending an

election meeting in his constituency, Mastung, when the suicide bomber

targeted him.

The leader, who lost his teenager son in 2011 to terrorism, was shifted to

a hospital in neighboring provincial capital of Quetta where he succumbed to

injuries.

Raisani, a candidate of Balochistan Awami Party, was vying for a seat in

the provincial assembly.

The bomb disposal squad said that an estimated 18 to 20 kg of explosive

materials were used in the explosion.

Lashari said that the death toll is feared to further rise as 22 among the

injured people are in critical condition.

The country’s President Mamnoon Hussain, caretaker Prime Minister Nasir-ul-

Mulk and army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa condemned the attack.

Friday’s attack was the third and the deadliest attack during the recent

spate of terrorist attacks targeting political leaders who are busy in

holding meetings and addressing public gatherings ahead of general elections

to be held in the country on July 25.

The attacks left over 130 people killed and over 200 injured during the

last three days.

Earlier on Friday afternoon, four people were killed and 40 others wounded

when a remote controlled blast hit the convoy of a former chief minister and

election candidate in his constituency in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Earlier on Tuesday night, a suicide blast hit a political leader’s convoy

in the country’s northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The country’s senate

was on Friday told that the blast left 22 people including the leader killed

and 75 others injured.

After Friday’s blast, the country’s election commission canceled election

in Mastung constituency. As according to the country’s constitution if

candidate of some constituency dies, the polls in the particular area are

terminated.

 

 

 

14 Jul, 2018 09:49:57