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Bomb wounds Pakistani politician already targeted in suicide blast

Bomb wounds Pakistani politician already targeted in suicide blast

A bomb blast injured an opposition election candidate on Tuesday, less than three weeks after a suicide attacker killed at least 40 people at one of his rallies.
The bomb went off near a vehicle carrying Syed Riaz Hussain from Parachinar, a troubled town near the Afghan border, to a nearby area to stump for votes, said Eisa Khan, an aide who was traveling in a following car.
Hussain, an independent candidate aligned with the party of slain opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, and four supporters were injured, Khan said.
Arif Hussain, a paramedic at Parachinar's hospital, confirmed that Hussain and four others had been admitted. He said none had suffered life-threatening injuries.
Pakistan held parliamentary election on Feb. 18.
But voting in Parachinar was postponed after a bomber rammed a car packed with explosives into a rally for Hussain outside his home in the town on Feb. 16. Hussain escaped unharmed, but at least 40 others died.
The area is part of Pakistan's semiautonomous tribal region where officials say Taliban and al-Qaida militants operate with increasing freedom. It has also been a flash point for sectarian violence between Sunni and Shia Muslims.
The parliamentary election was won by the Pakistan People's Party of Bhutto, who was assassinated at a campaign rally in Rawalpindi on Dec. 27.
Officials have accused militants allegedly linked to the Taliban and al-Qaida of being involved in that attack.


Updated : 2021-06-25 06:19 GMT+08:00