44 people killed, 200 hurt in suicide attack at Pakistan political party’s meeting…….

Last Updated on July 30, 2023 by admin

A powerful blast triggered by a suicide bomber killed at least 44 people and injured nearly 100 others on Sunday at a rally of a hardline Islamic party in a restive tribal district of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province bordering Afghanistan. The explosion took place at 4 pm at the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl workers’ convention in Khar, the capital of Bajaur tribal district. At least 44 people were killed and nearly 100 injured in the blast, police sources said. Saad Khan, the district emergency officer in the Bajaur region, said that Maulana Ziaullah Jan, JUI-F’s local leader, was also killed in the blast, one of the worst in recent years.

Rescue workers said they feared the number of casualties would rise. Television footage showed panic-stricken people gathering at the site following the blast as ambulances arrived to move the injured to hospitals. Over 500 people were attending the convention when the blast occurred. DIG police Malakand Range Nasir Mehmud Satti said the initial investigation revealed it was a suicide blast. However, evidence is being collected to determine the nature of the blast. An official of the Bomb Disposal Unit said the initial investigation report confirmed it was a suicide blast in which 12 kg explosives were used.

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