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90 killed, over 180 injured in twin election-related blasts in Pak

Press Trust of India  |  Peshawar/Karachi 

At least 90 people, including a top nationalist leader, were killed and more than 180 others injured today in a powerful suicide blast and a targeted attack on separate election rallies in Pakistan, the deadliest in a series of assaults on candidates ahead of the July 25 polls.

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

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

Raisani is the brother of former of Nawab Aslam Raisani.

The Islamic State terror group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The outfit announced the claim through its agency without providing further details.

At least 85 people, including Raisani, were killed and more than 150 injured in a deadly blast, Dawn newspaper quoted Balochistan's as saying.

"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 people have been wounded in the explosion.

Officials of the Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) confirmed that it was a suicide blast. They said that around 16-20 kilogram of explosives were used in the attack.

Following the incident, an emergency was declared in Quetta hospitals, with additional medical staff summoned.

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 Imran Khan, announced that he will continue campaign despite threats.

No group has claimed responsibility for the two attacks so far.

The twin attacks came as former along with his daughter returned to the country to face arrest in a corruption case.

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. 22:40 IST