At least 150 people, including politician Nawabzada Siraj Raisani, were killed and more than 150 injured in a deadly blast in Balochistan’s Mastung district Friday afternoon, provincial Health Minister Faiz Kakar confirmed to DawnNewsTV.
Levies sources said the blast targeted a corner meeting organised by Siraj, a Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) candidate for PB-35 (Mastung).
“Mir Siraj Raisani succumbed to his wounds while he was being shifted to Quetta,” Agha Umar Bungalzai, provincial home minister, told AFP
Balochistan’s Civil Defence Director Aslam Tareen as well as Bungalzai both said the blast was a suicide attack.
Tareen said eight to 10 kilograms of explosives and ball bearings were used in the attack.
Kakar said that the deceased were taken to Civil Hospital Quetta, Bolan Medical Complex and Combined Military Hospital Quetta. Over two dozen bodies, however, were kept in Mastung. He added that at least 15-20 of the wounded are in critical condition.
Civil Hospital Spokesperson Waseem Baig said the hospital received 53 bodies and 73 wounded. At least 20 of those injured are in critical condition.
Senior Vice-President of BAP Sarfaraz Bugti has condoled Nawabzada Siraj’s death.