Over 120 killed in suicide blast in Balochistan, Baloch leader Siraj Raisani among dead
Islamabad, July 13: Around 128 people, including Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) leader Siraj Raisani, were killed and over 150 injured in a deadly blast in Balochistan's Mastung district on Friday, said reports.
The explosion was a suicide blast in which eight to 10 kilograms of explosives and ball bearings were used, reported Dawn.
"Raisani succumbed to wounds while he was being shifted to Quetta," District Police Officer Mohammad Ayub Achakzai said.
Siraj is the brother of former Chief Minister of Balochistan, Nawab Aslam Raisani. He was contesting PB-35 (Mastung) for the 2018 elections against his own brother Nawab Aslam Raisani, who is contesting as an independent candidate.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has condemned the terrorist attack saying that he was "saddened to learn of Nawabzada Siraj Raisani's shahadat in this targeted attack as well as the shahadat of 15 other innocent citizens."
"Another condemnable terrorist attack on a political gathering - this time in Mastung. Saddened to learn of Nawabzada Siraj Raisini's shahadat in this targeted attack as well as the shahadat of 15 other innocent citizens," Khan tweeted.
The attack came hours after a bomb hit a rally of Akram Khan Durrani of Mutahida Majlis Amal (MMA), an alliance of religious party, including Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazal (JUI-F) and Jamaat-e-Islami, in Bannu area of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. Five persons were killed and over 37 other injured, police said.
The law and order had suddenly deteriorated ahead of elections despite claims by the government and security forces that terrorism has been wiped out of the country.
OneIndia News with PTI inputs