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11 July 2018, 12:42 | Erica Roy
Suicide bombing kills at least 12 at Pakistan political rally
According to police, a suicide attacker entered a corner meeting of the ANP leader and blew himself up. ANP leader Iftikhar Hussain said the funeral prayers of Haroon Bilour will be offered on Wednesday at 5pm at Wazir Bagh in Peshawar. Bilour suffered serious injuries and was shifted to the hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.
Police said that the head of the suspected suicide bomber has been found from the rooftop of a building, adding that almost eight kilogrammes of explosive material was used in the attack. After being informed, rescue teams, police and ambulances rushed to the crime spot and investigation is underway.
Militant organisations have claimed responsibility for attacks on several prominent political figures, including the assassination of former PM Benazir Bhutto in 2007.
Mohammad Khurasani, a spokesman for the PakistaniTaliban, said in a statement that they targeted ANP's rally, killing Bilour, a candidate for a seat in the provincial legislature in Peshawar.
The ANP, which governed the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province from 2008 to 2013, has been a continual target of militant groups operating in the northwest. The military waged a major offensive against militants in the Swat Valley in 2009.
"Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan's mujahid (holy fighter) Abdul Karim last night carried out a suicide attack on important ANP leader Haroon Bilour in which he has been killed", Khorasani said in a statement. His father Bashir Bilour, also a prominent politician, was killed by a suicide bomber in 2012. He was ANP candidate for the upcoming general elections from provincial assembly constituency PK-78.
75 people were also injured in the attack.
Pakistan goes to the polls on July 25. That is more than five times the number of troops deployed during the last elections in 2013, when the security situation was much worse.
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