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Death toll in Balochistan suicide bombing reaches 130

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July 14, 2018 14:14


The toll from the deadliest attack on a campaign rally in Pakistan's restive Balochistan reached 130 today as the country's security establishment was under pressure to improve security and intelligence gathering to avoid further election carnage.

At least 20 of the injured among over 200 people are reported to be in critical condition, the Express Tribune reported.

Terrorists yesterday targeted a gathering of Balochistan Awami Party leader Siraj Raisani in the Mastung area in the troubled province, killing at least 128 people and injuring over 200 others.

Raisani, who was a candidate from PB-35 (Mastung), was among those killed in the attack. With two more deaths, the number of casualties mounted to 135 in the yesterday's twin attacks in Balochistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa provinces.

Normal life remained disrupted and business activities suspended in various parts of the Balochistan city as security has been put on high alert in the area.

The Islamic State terror group had claimed responsibility for the attack through its Aamaq news agency.    -- PTI

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