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US condemns attacks on political candidates in Pakistan

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

The has strongly condemned the attacks on political candidates and their supporters in and provinces of

"These attacks are cowardly attempts to deprive the Pakistani people of their democratic rights, State Department said yesterday.

We grieve with those mourning the victims, and hope for a rapid recovery of those injured. We will continue to stand with the people of and the broader region in their fight against terrorism, he said.

At least 133 people, including Awami Party (BAP) Nawabzada Siraj Raisani, were killed and over 200 others injured yesterday in a powerful suicide blast and a targeted attack on separate election rallies in Mastung in and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the deadliest in a series of assaults on candidates ahead of the July 25 polls.

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

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

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First Published: Sat, July 14 2018. 09:50 IST