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Five killed, 37 injured as bomb blast targets Islamist party leader's convoy in Pak

Press Trust of India  |  Peshawar 

A of an escaped an attempt when a bomb attack targeted his convoy in northwest Pakistan, killing five people and injuring 37 others in the third terror attack on a political rally ahead of the July 25

Former and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) central leader received in the blast in district bordering the restive north Waziristan tribal district.

The bomb was planted in a motorcycle which exploded close to the vehicle of Durrani, who is the candidate of Muttahida MajliseAmal (MMA), a political alliance consisting of conservative, Islamist, religious, and far-right parties of

Durrani was heading back from an election rally near North Waziristan when the attack took place.

The blast took place around 40 metres away from the venue of a public meeting, said.

The injured have been shifted to a local hospital where five are stated to be in critical condition.

Durrani is contesting against cricketer-turned-politician in the July 25 election.

"Strongly condemn the terrorist attack on and his convoy," Khan, chief of Tehreek-e-Insaf, tweeted after the attack.

"There seems to be a conspiracy to sabotage the 25 July elections but the people of will not allow any design intended to target these historic elections to succeed," he said.

This is the third terrorist attack on an election rally in Pakistan ahead of the

On July 10, of the and 19 others were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up in an election rally in Pakistan's northwestern city.

Earlier this month, seven people including a candidate of the MMA were injured in an explosion during an election rally near Takhtikhel in the province.

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First Published: Fri, July 13 2018. 15:50 IST