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Pakistan: 14 including local politician Haroon Bilour killed in suicide bomb blast in Peshawar election rally

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Pakistani security officials and volunteers search the site after a suicide bombing at an election rally in Peshawar on July 10, 2018/ AFP PHOTO / ABDUL MAJEED

Peshawar [Pakistan]: As many as 14 people including prominent local politician Haroon Bilour, were killed in a suicide bomb attack at an election rally in Pakistan’s Peshawar.

As reported by Al Jazeera, the attack occurred at a campaign event organised by the Awami National Party (ANP) wounding at least 65 people, according to the local police chief. Condemning the attack, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan sought security for the political parties and their candidates during the election campaigns.

“Sad to learn of Haroon Bilour and 2 other ANP workers deaths and strongly condemn the terrorist attack at the ANP corner mtg in Peshawar. All political parties and their candidates must be provided proper security during their election campaigns by the State,” Khan tweeted.


Haroon Bilour was ANP candidate for a provincial seat for the upcoming general elections to be held on July 25 general. Police said the bomber struck when Bilour was about to address his supporters. No terror group has taken the responsibility for the attack as yet. The ANP was the main target of Taliban attacks in the 2013 election as well.