BAP candidate Siraj Raisani among 100 killed in Mastung suicide blast


At least 100 people including younger brother of former Balochistan chief minister Aslam Raisai, Nawabzada Siraj Raisani were martyred and many others wounded in a blast in Darengarh area of Mastung in Balochistan.

According to the initial reports, Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) candidate Siraj’s convoy was attacked after the meeting for provincial assembly seat ended.

Soon after the blast law enforcement agencies reached the spot and cordoned off the area.

As many as 70 people were killed in the blast and we fear this toll may rise,” Agha Umar Bungalzai, provincial home minister, told AFP, adding that more than 60 were wounded in Mastung town, near the provincial capital of Quetta.

Bungalzai also confirmed the explosion killed Siraj Raisani, who was running for a provincial seat with Balochistan Awami Party (BAP). “Mir Siraj Raisani succumbed to wounds while he was being shifted to Quetta,” he added.

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

The explosion comes hours after four people were killed and 39 injured when a bomb hidden inside a motorcycle detonated near a Pakistani politician s convoy in the country s northwest near the Afghan border.