Four killed, 30 injured in blast on JUI-F election caravan

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BANNU, July 13 (APP):At least four people including two
children were killed and 30 other with four policemen sustained injuries in a
powerful bomb blast targeting JUI-F election caravan led by former Chief
Minister, Akram Khan Durrani at Hawaid Khas here on Friday.
Regional Police Officer (RPO) Bannu, Karim Khan told media persons,
the blast targeted the caravan of JUI-F leader, Akram Khan Durrani who was on
way to attend an election gathering in the area. However, Durrani remained unhurt.
The RPO said the bomb weighting eight kilogram was planted
in a motorcycle parked on the route of JUI-F caravan that went off when JUI-F
leader along with his squad and supporters were passing through the area.
According to police, the blast took place at a distance of 50
meters from the venue of election gathering where 40 policemen were deployed
for security of the electorates.
The dead were identified as Muhammad Ullah son of Gul Zareen,
Janat Zaman son of Saki Zaman and Bilal son of Abdul Zaman. All the deceased
belonged to Hawaid Khas.
The injured were shifted to DHQ Hospital Bannu where
condition of 10 was pronounced as critical.
Four policemen injured in the blast were identified as
Hazrat Bilal, Zarwali, Sardar Khan and Umar Nawaz. The injured civilians
included Buran Khan, Zinat Bibi, Mehmood Ali, Mir Rehman, Mir Ajab Khan,
Mostaed Khan, Naik Mehmood, Abdul Razak, Asmatullah, Umar Nawaz, Shahidullah,
Umar Daraz, Muhammad Ali, Umar Shah, Samiullah, Zeshan, Namar Khan, Mustafa
Khan, Ajab Noor, Kifayatullah and Abdullah. Majority of them belonged to Hawaid
area. Some vehicles were also badly damaged in the attack.
Akram Durrani who is contesting election from NA-35 against PTI
chief Imran Khan later visited hospital and inquired after the health of the
injured. He expressed solidarity with the injured people and prayed for their
early recovery.
Zahid Durrani, son of Akram Khan Durrani told reporters that
the terrorists attacked the caravan of JUI-F when his father’s motorcade just
passed through the area for public gathering at Havaid Khas in connection with
his election campaign. “My father narrowly escaped the attack,” he said.
He said through such attacks, our determination to serve
masses can’t be shaken. Zahid Durrani said his father was the most popular
leader and cannot be kept away from people.
Meanwhile, Governor KP Engr Iqbal Zafar Jhagra has condemned
the attack on JUI-F rally in strong words and expressed grief over
loss of precious lives. He prayed for eternal peace of the departed souls and
early recovery of the injured.