Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

ANP leader Haroon Bilour among 12 killed in Peshawar blast, police say

ANP leader Haroon Bilour among 12 killed in Peshawar blast, police say

Haroon Bilour was rushed to Lady Reading Hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds. The blast took place shortly before midnight when Bilour along with ANP workers had gathered for a corner meeting in the congested Yakatoot area.

Police and bomb disposal officials collected evidence from the site of the blast and initiated an investigation into the incident. Footage showed volunteers and police rushing the wounded to hospital.

More than 30 people injured in the explosion.

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The deceased ANP candidate, who was set to contest the July 25 elections from Peshawar's PK-78 constituency, will be buried in Wazir Bagh at 5pm today (Wednesday).

The police officer did not confirm the nature of the blast, however, a local ANP leader while talking to DawnNewsTV said that a suicide bomber blew himself when Bilour entered the compound where the meeting was being held.

Barrister Haroon Bilour was son on Bashir Ahmed Bilour, who was also martyred in suicide attack in Qissa Khawani Bazaar in December 2012, and nephew of another ANP stalwart Ghulam Ahmed Bilour. This is the second attack before Pakistan's assembly elections.

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Last month, a United States drone strike killed the Pakistani Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah, who had claimed responsibility for most of the attacks against the ANP in the 2013 election on the grounds that it had supported operations against the militants.

The bombing came hours after the Pakistan military spokesman said there were security threats ahead of national elections scheduled for July 25.

On July 4, NACTA Director Obaid Farooq while briefing a sub-committee of the Senate Standing Committee on Interior had said, "We have received as many as 12 threat alerts which are about leadership of political parties, including the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), and six personalities can be targeted during elections". He called Haroon the "Martyred son of a Martyred father".

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Meanwhile, Pakistan's Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sardar Muhammad Raza strongly condemned the attack, reports said. Islamic extremists killed hundreds of ANP leaders and supporters in attacks around the 2013 election.

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