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Candidate among 33 killed in two blasts targeting Pak election rallies

Press Trust of India  |  Peshawar/Karachi 

Two powerful bomb blasts targeting politicians contesting in the today killed at least 33 people, including a candidate, and injured nearly 80 others during election rallies in Pakistan's restive and provinces.

Militants targeted a gathering of the Awami Party (BAP) in Mastung area of province, killing at least 28 people and injuring more than 40.

"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.

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.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, July 13 2018. 19:20 IST
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