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At Least Nine Killed In Blast At Pakistani Election Rally


A Pakistani man runs past a burning vehicle after a suicide bomb attack on an election campaign rally in Peshawar on April 16.

A Pakistani man runs past a burning vehicle after a suicide bomb attack on an election campaign rally in Peshawar on April 16.

At least nine people have been killed and dozens injured in a suicide bomb attack at an election campaign rally in Pakistan's northwest.

The rally in the city of Peshawar on April 16 was called by the secular Awami National Party (ANP) ahead of the May 11 general elections.

A spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

The ANP is one of three secular-leaning political parties that dominated Pakistan's last government, which was dissolved in preparation for the elections.

The party also governed Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, a Taliban stronghold.

Ghulam Ahmad Bilour, a senior member of the ANP and former railways minister, escaped the attack with only minor bruises.

The attack in Peshawar is the fourth deadly attack on politicians and political parties in three days.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AFP, and BBC
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