Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

ANP leader Haroon Bilour among 12 killed in Peshawar blast, police say

ANP leader Haroon Bilour among 12 killed in Peshawar blast, police say

Earlier it was reported that Bilour was critically injured in the incident, however, family sources later confirmed that he had succumbed to injuries while on his way to the hospital.

Police said the bomber struck when Bilour was about to address some 200 supporters. He called Haroon the "Martyred son of a Martyred father".

The blast occurred near the vehicle of Bilour in Yakatoot area of Peshwar.

Slain ANP leader Haroon Bilour.

The Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) confirmed that it was a suicide blast.

The body of Haroon Bilour was later shifted to Bilour House where ANP workers gathered in great numbers to pay respect to their deceased leader.

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Haroon, who was ANP's candidate for the PK-78 constituency of Peshawar, was the son of Bashir Ahmed Bilour, a senior ANP figure who was martyred in a suicide blast in Peshawar in 2012.

The attack targeted a campaign event organised in the city of Peshawar by the Awami National Party, which has been targeted by Islamist militants in the past over its vocal opposition to extremist groups like the Taliban. The ANP governed the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, of which Peshawar is the capital, from 2008 to 2013. ANP leader Iftikhar Hussain said the funeral prayers of Haroon Bilour will be offered on Wednesday at 5pm at Wazir Bagh in Peshawar.

Bashir was targeted in the Qisa Khwani Bazaar during an electioneering rally.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Tuesday's attack.

The bombing came hours after the Pakistan military spokesman warned about security threats ahead of the national elections.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan strongly condemned the attack at the ANP corner meeting. "Moreover, there are threats to senior leadership of the Pakistan Peoples Party and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz", Nacta director Obaid Farooq said while briefing the Senate Standing Committee on Interior.

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