Karachi, July 13: At least 70 people have been killed in Pakistan after a blast hit Siraj Raisani's election meeting on Friday evening. According to a tweet by news agency ANI, the blast took place in Mastung while the election meeting was going on. According to reports, ambulances have been dispatched from Quetta to the area to shift the injured to the provincial capital.
Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) leader Siraj Raisani has also died in the blast that hit his election rally in Balochistan's Mastung. Deputy Commissioner Mastung has confirmed the death.
— ANI (@ANI) July 13, 2018
Terrorist attacks have sparked fear ahead of the election in Pakistan. Raisani, a candidate of the recently-formed Balochistan Awami Party from PB-35 constituency, was the younger brother of former Balochistan chief minister Nawab Aslam Raisani. According to Pakistan Daily Geo News, an emergency was declared in the hospitals of Quetta, with additional medical staff summoned after the incident.
Earlier today, at least four people were killed and 14 others were injured in a bomb blast on an election rally in northwest Pakistan, the third terror attack on a political rally ahead of the 25 July general elections. The injured ones include a senior leader of an Islamist party.
Earlier this week on July 10, a suicide blast had killed Awami National Party (ANP) leader Haroon Bilour and 19 others in Peshawar's Yaktoot area. The attack was claimed by the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).