At least 129 people, including Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) candidate Nawabzada Siraj Raisani, were killed Friday when a Wahhabis-allied Deobandi takfiri suicide bomber blew himself up during an election rally in Mastung’s Darengarh area, caretaker Home Minister Agha Umar Bangulzai confirmed. Over 250 were injured in the terrorist attack.
Lashkari Raisani, the deceased Nawabzada Siraj’s brother, confirmed the death of his sibling in the explosion and said: “Aslam Raisani and I are also receiving threats.”
Authorities said the suicide bomber detonated in the middle of a compound where the political meeting was taking place. The blast wounded around 150 people, a senior provincial government official confirmed.
Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) officials confirmed that it was a suicide blast and noted that almost 16-20 kilogrammes of explosives were used in the explosion.
The bombing was the most deadly attack in Pakistan in over three years since the APS tragedy — when Taliban extremists assaulted a school in Peshawar in 2014, killing over 150 people, mostly children — and is the third incident of election-related violence this week.
It came as Pakistan’s caretaker government launched a crackdown on political gatherings.
Qaim Lashari, a senior police official, had earlier said over 1000 people were in attendance at the Mastung rally. Following the incident, an emergency was declared in Quetta hospitals, which summoned additional medical staff.