Pakistan blast: According to officials, the explosion in the nation’s Bajur area left at least 35 people dead and more than 100 injured.
A massive explosion that swept through a political event in northwest Pakistan has left at least 35 people dead, according to local authorities.
On the outskirts of Khar in Pakistan’s northwest Bajur district, which borders Afghanistan, a gathering of the conservative Jamiat Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) party was bombed on Sunday.
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Over 100 people were injured, and 35 bodies were brought to the hospital, according to Azam Khan, chief of the emergency room at Khar’s main hospital.
The numbers were confirmed by government administrator Mohibullah Khan Yousafzai, who also said that some of the wounded were being taken to Peshawar, the provincial capital.
The incident was not immediately attributed to anyone.
The JUI-F workers’ convention was taking place, according to senior police officer Nazir Khan, when the explosion occurred.
According to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province’s inspector-general of police Akhtar Hayat Gandapur, senior party leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman was not present at the event when the explosion occurred.
Political gatherings like the one the JUI-F party hosted on Sunday are taking place all around the nation to mobilize supporters for the upcoming elections, which are scheduled to take place by October.
While the attack had not yet been determined to be a suicide bombing, Kamal Hyder of Al Jazeera reported from Islamabad that there were suspicions that the Pakistani Taliban, also known as Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP), may have been behind it.
Maulana Fazlur Rehman is an ally of the government, and the Tehrik-e Taliban have stated their opposition to the security forces and the government, according to Hyder.
JUI-F is a member of the Pakistan Democratic Alliance, a grouping of politicians connected to the administration in which Rehman is a key figure.
Since the collapse of a truce with the government last year, the TTP has increased its attacks in Pakistan. The TTP swears allegiance to the Taliban of Afghanistan, who retook control in 2021, but it is not a direct affiliate of them.
The group has been fighting the government of Pakistan for more than ten years, calling for the implementation of Islamic law, the release of important members who have been detained by the authorities, and the undoing of the amalgamation of Pakistan’s tribal regions with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
More than 80 police personnel were killed in January when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a mosque inside a police post in the northwestern city of Peshawar. The attacks have mainly targeted areas bordering Afghanistan, especially Bajur, one of seven isolated districts where armed groups have grown in confidence since the return of the Afghan Taliban.