Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

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

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

Zulfiqar Ali Babakhel, a spokesman for the Lady Reading Hospital, confirmed the death toll from the blast saying that 47 wounded persons were brought to the hospital.

His father, Bashir Bilour was also martyred in a suicide bombing targeting his rally in the fabled Qissa Khawani bazaar of Peshawar in December 2012.

Noting that he had remained with Haroon Bilour throughout the election campaign, Danial, nonetheless, urged party workers to not lose hope.

The blast took place in Yakatoot area of Peshawar when a corner meeting of ANP was underway, eyewitnesses say. Bilour suffered serious injuries and was shifted to the hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

The Bomb Disposal Squad confirmed that it was a suicide bomb.

Haroon Bilour belonged to an influential political family in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, of which Peshawar is the capital.

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Terming it the "peak of terrorism", ANP leader Mian Iftikhar Hussain said the attack is aimed at derailing democratic system in the country and a conspiracy to delay upcoming general elections.

According to the police, the vehicle of Haroon Bilour was the main target of the bomber. Islamic extremists killed hundreds of ANP leaders and supporters in attacks around the 2013 election.

The Taliban have time and again threatened to target secular parties for what they call supporting the military action in tribal areas and the "war on terror". Pakistan will hold national and provincial elections on July 25.

The dead include a prominent local politician, while 36 others were injured in the attack on Tuesday, Police said.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan strongly condemned the attack at the ANP corner meeting. "Moreover, there are threats to senior leadership of the Pakistan Peoples Party and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz", Nacta director Obaid Farooq said while briefing the Senate Standing Committee on Interior.

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