20 Killed In Political Rally’s Bombing In Pakistan
At least 20 people have been reported killed in a suicide bombing at a rally by an anti-Taliban political party in Pakistan.
A candidate in July 25 elections was among the those killed, police and hospital officials said on Wednesday.
Awami National Party (ANP) candidate Haroon Bilour was killed in the late Tuesday blast in the northwestern city of Peshawar. His father, senior ANP leader Bashir Bilour, was killed in a suicide bombing in late 2012, in the run-up to Pakistan’s last election.
The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the Tuesday attack.
”The death toll from last night’s suicide attack has reached 20 while we have 65 injured, some of them in critical condition,” Zulfiqar Babakhel, a spokesman for Peshawar’s main Lady Reading Hospital, told Reuters.
The ANP is a predominantly secular, ethnic Pashtun nationalist party, which has long competed with Islamist parties for votes in Pakistan’s volatile Pashtun lands, along the border with Afghanistan.