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Four killed, 14 hurt in Pak in third attack on election rally before polls

Press Trust of India/Peshawar 13 Jul 18 | 01:38 PM

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At least four people were killed and 14 others, including a senior leader of an Islamist party, injured on Friday in a bomb blast at an election rally in northwest Pakistan -- the third terror attack on a political rally ahead of the July 25 general elections.  

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Former federal minister and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) central leader Akram Durrani received minor injuries in the blast in the Bannu district bordering the North Waziristan tribal district.   

The explosives were fitted to a motorbike which exploded close to the vehicle of Durrani, who is the candidate of Muttahida MajliseAmal (MMA), a political alliance consisting of conservative, Islamist, religious, and far-right parties of Pakistan. 

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The blast took place around 40 metres away from the venue of a public meeting, regional police officer Bannu Karim Khan said.

The injured have been shifted to a local hospital where five are stated to be in critical condition.

This was the third terrorist attack on an election rally in Pakistan ahead of the general elections. 

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On July 10, senior secular leader of the Awami National Party (ANP) Haroon Bilour and 19 others were killed when a Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up at an election rally in Pakistan's northwestern Peshawar city. 

Earlier this month, seven people, including a candidate of the MMA, were injured in an explosion during an election rally near Takhtikhel in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.  

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