Pakistan Bomb Attack: Balochistan Blast Kills 25

Katrina Barker
May 13, 2017

The attack in Mastung district, roughly an hour east of provincial capital Quetta, struck a vehicle carrying the deputy chairman of Pakistan's upper house Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri.

The region where the blast occurred is around 70 kilometres from provincial capital Quetta. "My driver and other people sitting next to me were very badly injured", Haideri said.

Minister for State for Informational and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb also strongly condemned the blast and said the terrorists can not deter the government's commitment to root out terrorism from the country.

A bomb attack targeting a parliamentarian's convoy left 25 people dead and more than 40 others injured in Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan province on Friday.

Separatist militants in Balochistan have also waged a campaign against the central government for decades, demanding a greater share of the gas-rich province's resources. It was later claimed by the Islamic State group, which has been making inroads in the country through alliances with local militant outfits.

Deputy Police Officer of Mastung Ghazanfar Ali said that Haideri's vehicle got completely damaged and his driver and personal assistant were also killed in the attack.

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has condemned the attack.

Haideri's JUI Party has hundreds of Islamic Sunni seminaries throughout Baluchistan.

"After the air cleared, we saw bodies everywhere", the witness said.

At least 25 people have been killed in an explosion in Pakistan's Balochistan province which appears to have targeted a top lawmaker. "I can't say why the blast (happened) or what led to it".

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. More than 30 people were wounded, many seriously, he said. Pakistan, meanwhile, has accused Kabul of harboring anti-Pakistan insurgents, who slip across the porous border separating the two countries to carry out attacks like Friday's against Haideri. It's unclear if the blast was caused by an improvised explosive device or a suicide bomber. Associated Press writers Munir Ahmed and Zarar Khan in Islamabad and Maamoun Youssef in Cairo contributed to this report.

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