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Deadly Rocket Attack Targets Pakistani Election Rally

Pakistani volunteers search a destroyed vehicle at the site of a suicide bomb attack at an election campaign rally in Peshawar on April 16.
WANA, Pakistan -- A rocket attack close to a Pakistani election rally has killed at least one person and wounded 14 others in South Waziristan.

The attack took place in the town of Wana, where militant groups have a strong presence.

Eyewitnesses told RFE/RL that five rockets were fired in the area and that two of them landed near an election campaign event held by independent candidate Naseerullah Wazir.

Pakistani politicians and political parties have increasingly been targeted in deadly attacks ahead of the May 11 general elections.

At least 17 people were killed in a suicide bombing at an election rally in the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province on April 16.

Due to an increase in election-related violence, interim Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso last week ordered a tightening of security for all candidates.

With reporting by AFP