12 die in suicide attack on Pak election rally
A suicide bomber blew himself up near the car of a Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam leader while he was campaigning for the upcoming elections in northwest...
A suicide bomber blew himself up near the car of a Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam leader while he was campaigning for the upcoming elections in northwest Pakistan on Tuesday, killing 12 people and injuring nearly 40 others. The attacker targeted JUI leader Mufti Syed Janan, who is contesting polls to the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa assembly, in a market at Doaba in Hangu district. Janan, who was meeting traders as part of his campaign, escaped unhurt. At least a dozen people were killed and some 40 others injured by the powerful explosion, officials and witnesses said. Witnesses said that they had seen several bodies and injured persons lying at the site. The injured were taken to hospitals at Doaba, Hangu and Thal. Security forces cordoned off the area and launched a search operation. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, which came a day after 24 people were killed in a bombing at an election meeting organised by JUI leader Munir Orakzai in Kurram tribal region. Imran hurt in fall at poll rally Lahore (PTI): In a freak accident, cricketer- turned-politician Imran Khan was today badly hurt and suffered minor fracture in his head when he fell off a forklift that was hoisting him on to a stage during an election campaign meeting here. Imran, 60, fell from the forklift along with his security guards from 14-15 feet height after a sudden imbalance of the wood planks on the lifter due to an increase in weight as his security personnel accompanied him towards the stage. The supporters bundled Khan into the vehicle and drove him to Shaukat Khanum Hospital. Former cricketer Abdul Qadir said he had been told Khan had sustained injuries to the front and back of the head. However, another party spokesman said that his injuries were minor. His former wife Jemima Khan tweeted that "he is in hospital and conscious now".