Pakistan: A suicide bomber on a motorcycle detonated his explosives near a vehicle carrying a candidate from a hard-line Islamist party in northwest Pakistan on Tuesday, killing 12 people in the second attack on the party in as many days, police said.
No one has claimed responsibility for the bombing, but the Talibantook credit for an attack the day before on the same party, claiming it was targeting a candidate who had supported military operations against the militants in the northwest.
The blast Tuesday also wounded 35 people, but the candidate from the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam party, Mufti Syed Janan, escaped unharmed, said police officer Haleem Khan. The attack occurred as Janan’s convoy passed through a market in the town of Doaba in northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, said Khan.
The Pakistani Taliban set off a bomb at a political rally held by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam in the northwest Kurram tribal region on Monday, killing 25 people and wounding 70, said government official Javed Khan. The targeted candidate was not harmed.
The Taliban have carried out multiple attacks in the run-up to national elections scheduled for May 11. But most of the attacks have targeted secular parties that have opposed the militants and backed the army’s attempt to clear them from their sanctuaries in the northwest.