Blast hits Durrani convoy, claims 5 lives

Tariq Saeed


Terrorists continue to play their filthy game of hitting the election gatherings as powerful explosion targeting the convoy of former Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and senior leader Jamiat-e-Ulema-Islam–Fazl –JUI-F Akram Khan Durrani in Bannu Friday morning left at least 5 people martyred and around three dozen injured. While the injured include women and children, Akram Durrani who is also contesting from NA 35 as Mutahidda Majlis-e-Amal candidate facing PTI chief Imran Khan, however, remained unhurt.
The police high ups said the blast, believed to be a radio controlled explosion occurred when a corner meeting of MMA attended by Akram Khan Durrani concluded in Hawaid area.
The regional Police officer Kareem Khan said that a walk-through gate was also installed at the venue of corner meeting and around 40 police personnel were deployed for security. “The Attack took place 50 meters away from Durrani’s election rally”. Police said.
As the injured were shifted to a nearby hospital the medics pronounced 5 persons dead while 36 six others were treated for minor and serious injuries. The injured include many women and children.
JUI-F leader Akram Khan Durrani said the blast took place near the tyre of his jeep when he was passing through Havaid Bazaar after addressing an election rally. “There were workers surrounding my jeep when the blast took place. I remained safe but my five supporters lost their wives”. Durrani said.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf Chairman Imran Khan has strongly condemned the terror attack and called the attack “a conspiracy to sabotage the July 25 elections”.
“There seems to be a conspiracy to sabotage the July 25 elections but the people of Pakistan will not allow any design intended to target these historic elections to succeed,” he tweeted.

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