Five killed in bomb blast near JUI-F convoy

July 13, 2018
Tariq Afaq and Khan Zamir Khan




Five people were killed when a remote-controlled bomb went off near a JUI-F convoy in Bannu. Thirty-five people have been injured.

Akram Khan Durrani, a former CM of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, remained unhurt in the attack. He is the JUI-F's candidate against PTI chief Imran Khan on the NA-35 seat in Bannu. Police say the attack took place 50 metres away from Durrani's election rally. Forty policemen were deployed at his rally for security.

Two children and a number of women were among the 35 injured in the attack.

The convoy came under attack while returning to Bannu after a rally in Hawaid. The injured, some of whom are women, children and policemen, were shifted to a medical facility in private vehicles. Durrani arrived at the hospital to visit them.

[caption id="attachment_1479477" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Former Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa CM Akram Durrani delivers a speech at the provincial assembly in Peshawar, 13 November 2006. Photo: AFP[/caption]

Security forces have cordoned off the area. A search operation is underway. The public is not being allowed entry to the site of the blast.

Durrani came under attack in 2015 as well. On November 26, 2015, at least two people were killed when a roadside bomb hit Durrani's convoy. Durrani survived the attack.

On July 10, a blast took place in Peshawar at an ANP rally. Haroon Bilour, a party leader, and 21 others were killed. TTP claimed responsibility for the attack. This was the first major incident of violence ahead of the elections in Pakistan.

This is a developing story.