Pakistani police: 15 killed in bombing that wounded lawmaker

Lucy Bush
May 13, 2017

A bomb exploded by a convoy of the deputy chairman of Pakistan's Senate today, in the violence-plagued province of Baluchistan, killing at least 10 people, police said.

The blast took place in the town of Mastung, about 50km south of Balochistan provincial capital Quetta, shortly after the end of Friday prayers, according to a government spokesman.

"I am alive.broken pieces of the windscreen hit me..." While he escaped the attack, 20 other people were killed and 35 got injured. He said Mr. Haideri was slightly injured.

District Health Officer in Mastung Sher Zaman said that 25 bodies have been shifted to two hospitals in Quetta.

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Mr. Haideri later told Dunya TV in a brief chat that he suffered minor injuries. Haideri's vehicle, created to be bullet-resistant, was badly damaged along with several other vehicles in the convoy.

"The explosion happened on my auto ... the glass from the front windscreen hit me, and the side door also buckled after the blast", he added. His driver was killed in the attack. Most of the victims were activists with the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F), a religious-based political party.

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the deadly bombing. Television footage showed a vehicle mangled by the blast.

"It is not yet clear whether it was a planted bomb or a suicide attack", said police official Safar Khan added.

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The powerful explosion damaged several vehicles in the convoy, news channels reported.

"A martyrdom-seeker from the Islamic State targeted with his explosive vest a convoy of the deputy chairman of the Pakistan Senate, Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, in Mastung district, south of the city of Quetta", the group said. Police said the blast might have been a suicide attack, .

Meanwhile, the Balochistan government has launched a probe into the attack.

"The attack was not aimed at an individual but the entire nation", Fazl told reporters. Pakistan has also been accused of providing sanctuaries to Afghanistan's Taliban, a charge it denies.

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