At least 128 people have died in a suicide attack in Pakistan that targeted the convoy of a political candidate in this month’s general election, according to Agha Omar Bangulzai, the caretaker Home Minister of Balochistan province.
Nawabzada Siraj Raisani, who was campaigning for an assembly seat in the southern province of Balochistan, was killed in the bomb blast along with dozens of others, Balochistan Home Secretary Haider Ali Shikoh told CNN.
Bangulzai told CNN that more than 200 people were also injured in the blast, which occurred in the Mastung area, close to the provincial capital Quetta. It is the deadliest terror strike in Pakistan this year.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack in an email. CNN cannot immediately authenticate the assertion.
The director of civil defense, Muhammad Aslam Tareen, told CNN that eight to 10 kilograms of explosives were used in the attack.
Another strike in Pakistan on Friday targeted former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister Akram Khan Durrani’s convoy in Bannu while it traveled from one political rally to the next.
Four people were killed and 32 others were injured in the bombing, which took place in North Waziristan, close to the border with Afghanistan. Candidate Duranni survived.
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SOURCE: CNN, Syed Ali Shah, Sophia Saifi and Judith Vonberg