ANP leader among 12 martyred in Peshawar blast

Blanche Robertson
July 11, 2018

PESHAWAR: At least 13 people, including ANP candidate Haroon Bilour, were killed and 50 others sustained injuries in a suicide blast at a corner meeting in Yaka Toot area of the provincial capital late on Tuesday.

The death toll is feared to go up as at least 20 of the injured have been stated to be in a critical condition.

Haroon Bilour was approaching the rally organised in connection with his election campaign on Circular Road when the explosion took place. He said that almost 8 kilograms of TNT explosives were used in the blast. Police and bomb disposal officials collected evidence from the site of the blast and initiated an investigation into the incident.

Mr Bilour's father, Bashir Ahmed Bilour, also a senior figure within the leftist secular party, was killed in a Taliban suicide blast at a party meeting in 2012. The TTP spokesperson at the time, Ehsanullah Ehsan, had told journalists that Haroon was the target, but "unfortunately Ghulam Ahmed Bilour got injured".

Emergency has been imposed at the Lady Reading Hospital, while large number of ANP workers also reached the hospital.

Haroon Balour was contesting forthcoming general election from ANP's platform from PK-78.

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Police said the bomber struck when Bilour was about to address some 200 supporters.

Bashir was targeted in the Qisa Khwani Bazaar during an electioneering rally.

The ANP, which governed the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province from 2008 to 2013, has been a continual target of militant groups operating in the northwest.

The bombing came hours after the Pakistan military spokesman warned about security threats ahead of the national elections.

On July 9, the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) had briefed the Senate Committee on Interior about threats to the leaders of the political parties especially those of ANP.

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