ISLAMABAD – At least 12 people were killed and 30 others wounded Tuesday night in a suicide attack at a campaign event in the northwestern city of Peshawar two weeks ahead of Pakistan’s general elections, a police spokesman told EFE.
The attacker detonated explosives amid a gathering of some 200 supporters of the Awami National Party (ANP) in the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Gul Zaman said.
He said that the fatalities included Haroon Bilour, a well-known local politician and the son of ANP leader Bashir Bilour, himself slain in a suicide bombing in December 2012.
The ANP, a secular Pashtun party opposed to the Pakistani Taliban, was in government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa from 2008-2013 and Bashir Bilour was a senior provincial minister at the time of his assassination.
Many ANP members have been targeted by the Taliban and other jihadist groups active in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region.
The attack in Peshawar was the first deadly incident during the campaign leading up to the July 25 elections.
Terrorism-related deaths in Pakistan fell to 1,260 in 2017, the lowest level in a decade.