Pakistan: 128 killed, more than 200 injured in 2 blasts targeting election rallies

At least 128 people, including a top nationalist leader, were killed and more than 200 others injured on Friday as powerful bomb blasts targeted two separate election rallies in Pakistan, the deadliest in a string of attacks on candidates ahead of the July 25 polls.

ISIS terrorists targeted a gathering of the Balochistan Awami Party leader Siraj Raisani in Mastung area of Balochistan province.

“Raisani succumbed to wounds while he was being shifted to Quetta”, District Police Officer Mohammad Ayub Achakzai said.

Pakistan  128 killed, more than 200 injured by ISIS terrorists in 2 blasts targeting election rallies

Officials of the Bomb Disposal Squad confirmed that it was a suicide blast. They said that around 16-20 kilogram of explosives were used in the attack.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing. The terror group provided no further detail or evidence for its claim.

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The terror attack came hours after another bomb hit a rally of an alliance of religious party in Bannu area of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

Five persons were killed and over 37 other injured, police said.

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