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75 killed, more than 150 injured in two blasts targeting Pak election rallies

Press Trust of India  |  Peshawar/Karachi 

At least 75 people, including a top nationalist leader, were killed and more than 150 others injured today as powerful bomb blasts targeted two separate rallies in Pakistan, the deadliest in a string of attacks on candidates ahead of the July 25

Militants targeted a gathering of the Awami Party (BAP) in area of province.

"Raisani succumbed to wounds while he was being shifted to Quetta," said.

Raisani is the brother of former of Balochistan, Nawab Aslam Raisani

The nature of the attack was not known and police and intelligence agencies were trying of figure out if it was a suicide bombing.

Baluchistan's caretaker health minister, and the of Mastung, confirmed that BAP Raisani had been killed along with 69 other people in the blast.

Initially the death toll was not high but many critically injured persons including passed away in hospitals, Kakar said.

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

The attack came hours after a bomb hit a rally of of (MMA), an alliance of religious party, including (JUI-F) and Jamaat-e-Islami, in Bannu area of 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 announced to continue campaign despite threats.

The law and order had suddenly deteriorated ahead of elections despite claims by the government and security forces that terrorism has been wiped out of the country.

and also condemned the attack in separate statements.

On Monday, a suicide bomber killed and candidate in the general elections, and 19 others after striking at a corner election meeting in city.

The Tehreek-e-claimed responsibility for the attack on the ANP rally.

On July 7, seven people were injured when a convoy of a came under attack in Bannu.

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First Published: Fri, July 13 2018. 20:55 IST