Death toll reaches 65 in Pakistan election rally bombing


LAHORE, Pakistan — The death toll from an election rally bombing in Pakistan’s southwestern Baluchistan soars to 65, says provincial minister.

Minister Agha Umar Bungalzai told The Associated Press that the candidate Siraj Raisani was critically wounded in Friday’s bombing in Mastung, a town in the southwestern Baluchistan province.

He said 45 people were also wounded in the bombing, the second election-related violence in a day.

Pakistani blast victims rest at a hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. Police in Pakistan say a suicide bomber has killed a secular party leader and many supporters during an election rally in the northwestern city of Peshawar. (AP Photo/Muhammad Sajjad)

Pakistani blast victims rest at a hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. Police in Pakistan say a suicide bomber has killed a secular party leader and many supporters during an election rally in the northwestern city of Peshawar.

 (AP Photo/Muhammad Sajjad)

Bungalzai said Raisani is from the Baluchistan Awami Party and he is the brother of a former provincial chief minister, Nawab Aslam Raisani.

Former Pakistani lawmaker Imran Khan, who hopes to become the next prime minister, has condemned the bombing near the election rally of a rival candidate.

Supporters of the Pakistani secular Awami National Party condemn the Tuesday night suicide attack at their election rally, in Karachi, Pakistan, Thursday, July 12, 2018. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing at the rally that killed a secular politician and 20 others two weeks before nationwide elections. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

Supporters of the Pakistani secular Awami National Party condemn the Tuesday night suicide attack at their election rally, in Karachi, Pakistan, Thursday, July 12, 2018. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing at the rally that killed a secular politician and 20 others two weeks before nationwide elections.

 (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

Khan in a tweet says there seems to be a conspiracy to sabotage the July 25 vote. But he says the people of Pakistan will not allow anything to prevent “historic” elections from taking place.

Khan is facing tough competition from Durrani, who is the candidate of an alliance of radical religious groups.



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