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Saturday, 14 July 2018 - 6:28
Over 130 killed in suicide blast in Pakistan
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At least 132 people were killed and dozens more critically injured, in a bombing at an election campaign rally in a remote region of Pakistan, an attack that hurled the country deep into political chaos.

Officials blamed a suicide bomber for the killings and said the death toll could rise further.

The bombing happened on the day former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif made a dramatic return to Pakistan aboard a commercial plane and was immediately taken into custody along with his daughter on corruption charges.

In the bombing yesterday, at least 150 people were wounded, as a candidate addressed his supporters in Mastung, in troubled Baluchistan province near the Afghan border, the provincial home affairs minister said.

Four others were killed and scores wounded earlier Friday when a bomb planted in a motorcycle went off at an election rally in the northern district of Bannu.

The attacks came days after Islamist militants claimed responsibility for a suicide blast at an election rally in the northern city of Peshawar that killed 22 people.

The bombing in Mastung occurred as Nawabzada Siraj Raisani, a candidate for the local legislature, was addressing supporters.

Raisani is the younger brother of the former chief minister of Baluchistan, where separatist militants have waged a long-running insurgency against the Pakistani state.

The Islamic State militant group, which has conducted numerous attacks against political targets and religious minorities in Pakistan, claimed responsibility for the bombing.
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