IS claims election rally bombing in Pakistan

Pakistan: At least 70 people, including Balochistan Awami Party candidate, killed in blast

Balochistan province's home minister Agha Umar Bungalzai said the death toll in the town of Mastung "has risen to 128". Another senior official, Qaim Lashari, also confirmed it had been a suicide blast.

No individual or group has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident. The bombing was the biggest attack in Pakistan in over a year and is the third incident of election-related violence this week.

At least 128 people, including Raisani, were killed in the deadly blast, police officials said.

Among the dead was Siraj Raisani, who was running for a provincial seat with the newly-formed local Balochistan Awami Party (BAP), Bungalzai said.

In a horrific assault in the south-western Baluchistan town of Mastung, Siraj Raisani a candidate in the provincial Parliament, died when a suicide bomber blew himself up amid scores of supporters who had gathered at a rally.

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Raisani was younger brother of former provincial chief minister Mir Aslam Raisani.

Police and witnesses said Durrani was traveling in a convoy when a remote-controlled bomb planted in a parked motorcycle exploded near his vehicle.That attack killed four people and injured almost 40 others but Durrani escaped unhurt.The politician is a central leader of a main religious party, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-F (JUI-F).

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In February 2017, Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at a shrine in southern Pakistan, killing 83 people and wounding over 150.

The country's media regulator warned local news channels to abstain from airing statements "by political leadership containing defamatory and derogatory content targeting various state institutions specifically judiciary and armed forces", the regulator said in a statement. Durrani is standing against cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, whose Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party (PTI) is one of the frontrunners in the July 25 vote.

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The explosion targeted candidate Akram Khan Durrani, who escaped unhurt, police said.

His father, senior ANP leader Bashir Bilour, was killed in a suicide bombing in late 2012, in the run-up to Pakistan's last election.

Expressing concerns over such attacks during election campaigns, he called for serious investigations in these attacks.

"What credibility will these elections have when the government is taking such a drastic action against our people and this crackdown is taking place all over the country?" he told Reuters at the airport in Abu Dhabi as he waited for a connecting flight to Lahore.

But security across the country has dramatically improved since government and military operations cleared large swathes of territory near the Afghan border in recent years.

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