Attack on election rally in Pakistan leaves 12 dead

Attack on election rally in Pakistan leaves 12 dead 

Supporters of Pakistan’s Awami Nationalist Party mourn the deaths of one of their leaders and 11 other people in a suicide attack in Peshawar on Tuesday, July 10. EFE-EPA/ARSHAD ARBAB

Islamabad, Jul 10 (efe-epa).- At least 12 people were killed and 30 others wounded Tuesday night in a suicide attack at a campaign event in the northwestern city of Peshawar two weeks ahead of Pakistan’s general elections, a police spokesman told EFE.

The attacker detonated explosives amid a gathering of some 200 supporters of the Awami National Party (ANP) in the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Gul Zaman said.

He said that the fatalities included Haroon Bilour, a well-known local politician and the son of ANP leader Bashir Bilour, himself slain in a suicide bombing in December 2012.

The ANP, a secular Pashtun party opposed to the Pakistani Taliban, was in government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa from 2008-2013 and Bashir Bilour was a senior provincial minister at the time of his assassination.

Many ANP members have been targeted by the Taliban and other jihadist groups active in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region.

The attack in Peshawar was the first deadly incident during the campaign leading up to the July 25 elections.

Terrorism-related deaths in Pakistan fell to 1,260 in 2017, the lowest level in a decade.