Pakistan: Bomb blast at election rally kills 4, injures 14
At least four people were killed and 14 others, including a senior leader of an Islamist party, injured today in a bomb blast in an election rally in Pakistan's Peshawar, the third attack on a political rally ahead of the July 25 general elections. Former federal minister and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) central leader Akram Durrani received minor injuries in the blast in Bannu district.
Bomb exploded 40m away from a public meeting venue
The explosives were fitted to a motorbike which exploded close to Durrani's vehicle, who is the candidate of Muttahida Majlis e Amal (MMA), a political alliance consisting of conservative, Islamist and religious parties. The blast took place around 40m away from the venue of a public meeting. The injured have been shifted to a hospital where five are stated to be in critical condition.
Third attack ahead of Pakistan general elections
On July 10, senior secular leader of the Awami National Party (ANP) Haroon Bilour and 19 others were killed when a Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up in an election rally in Peshawar. Earlier this month, seven people including a candidate of the MMA were injured in an explosion during an election rally near Takhtikhel in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.