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 general elections.
Raisani is the brother of former Chief Minister 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.
Initially the death toll was not high but many critically injured persons including Siraj Raisani 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 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.
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.
On July 7, seven people were injured when a convoy of a Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal came under attack in Bannu.
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