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Deadliest Pakistan suicide attack claims 149 lives

Islamabad, The death toll in a suicide attack in Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan's Mastung area which claimed the life of a political party leader has increased to 149, making it the deadliest attacks in the country's history, local media reported.

The blast also injured 200 people who were there to attend a corner meeting organized by a Balochistan Awami Party (BAP).

Among those slain was the election candidate for Mastung, Siraj Raisani, whose elder brother Nawab Aslam Raisani had served as the Balochistan chief minister from 2008 to 2013.

Iran Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi in a message has also expressed solidarity with the families of terror attack victims.

Condemning the suicide attack on an election rally which killed and wounded dozens, Qasemi sympathized with the Pakistani people and government.

The blast, which was claimed by Daesh, ripped through the corner meeting in Dringarh village of Mastung district, some 35km away from the provincial capital Quetta.

Provincial Information Minister Malik Khuram Shehzad confirmed the attack was a suicide blast and added that the bomber detonated in the middle of a compound where the political meeting was taking place.

Earlier the deadliest was Karsaz attack, in which over 160 people were killed when former PM Benazir Bhutto's convoy was targeted by terrorists in Karachi in 2007.

The death toll of the Army Public School attack remained 147, claimed by the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) terrorists in 2014.

In 2017, 72 lives were lost in the suicide blast at Lal Shahbaz Qalandar's shrine in Sehwan Sharif.

In 2016, at least 70 people were killed when a suicide bomber targeted emergency services of a hospital in Quetta after a lawyer's killing.

The death toll of the Wagah Border blast in 2014 was 61 when a suicide bomber exploded himself at the Pakistan-India border crossing.

Pakistan has endured a wave of attacks in the last 15 years. However, the security situation of the country moderately improved since the last five years.

Attacks were halted and lives were saved because of timely intelligence. But this was not enough to thwart the nefarious attempts of terrorists breeding under the umbrella of foreign hostile intelligence agencies.

Terrorists started achieving success in their attacks as the general elections day came closer. The month of July has witnessed three major attacks.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA


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