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128 killed in Pakistan poll meeting, IS stakes claim (Fifth Lead)

IANS  |  Islamabad 

At least 128 people, including Awami Party Siraj Raisani, were killed and nearly 200 others injured in a suicide attack in on Friday. It was the third such attack on candidates in the run-up to July 25 polls.

Caretaker confirmed the death toll to the Express News.

Siraj, the younger brother of former Aslam Raisani, was attacked during a corner meeting organised for the promotion of his candidature. Siraj's death was confirmed by his brother

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack through its newswire Aamaq.

After the incident, a large contingent of security forces cordoned off the area with the injured shifted to Quetta, where an emergency was imposed.

In July 2011, lost his 14-year-old son in a terrorist attack in Mastung, in which several others, including security personnel, were killed.

said 16 to 20 kg of explosives and ball bearings were used in the attack.

said the hospital received 53 bodies and 73 wounded. At least 20 of those injured were in critical condition.

The bombing was the latest, and deadliest, of a string of attacks targeting politically exposed persons ahead of the July 25 election.

Strongly condemning the attack, interim directed of to submit a report of the incident.

"The attack is a conspiracy to sabotage the electoral process in the province," he said in a statement.

Murree ordered the law enforcement agencies to ensure those behind the attack were apprehended.

Meanwhile, and also condemned the attack in separate statements.

Earlier on Friday, a blast targeted former Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Akram Khan Durrani's convoy in Bannu. While Durrani remained safe, four people were killed and 32 others injured in the attack.

The Election Commission of has postponed polling for the constituency from where Siraj was contesting.

Earlier this week, a suicide blast had killed and 19 others in

The attack was owned up by the Tehreek-e-

Before that, on July 7, seven people, including a candidate of Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal, were injured when a convoy came under a bomb attack in Bannu.

There was also an attack on PTI candidate's office in North Waziristan's Razmak tehsil that had injured 10.



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First Published: Fri, July 13 2018. 23:56 IST