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Death toll in ISIS-claimed Pakistan blast jumps to 128

Death toll in ISIS-claimed Pakistan blast jumps to 128

"Mir Siraj Raisani succumbed to wounds while he was being shifted to Quetta", he added.

The blast took place in Dareengarh area during election rally in which the politician sustained injuries.

The death toll from a suicide bombing at an election rally in Pakistan has risen to 128, a government official said.

Caretaker Home Minister Agha Umar Bungalzai confirmed the death toll to local media, adding that more than 200 people were also wounded in the attack.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for that attack. The claim could not be independently verified. Former Chief Minister Akram Khan Durrani's convoy was targeted, Dawn reported.

"My brother Siraj Raisani has been martyred", said Haji Lashkari Raisani, another brother who is also contesting a national assembly seat from Balochistan.

The first bomb killed four people when it exploded in the north-west, near the election rally of a senior politician from an Islamist party who is running for parliament from the town of Bannu. Second bomb killed at least 85 people and injured 120 on Friday during an election rally in Mastung town, near the Balochistan capital of Quetta.

Pakistani Taliban have been targeting the members and the leaders of Durrani's party in the past for the religious group's support and participation in the democratic process, which the militants say is a system brought in by Western infidels.

"There seems to be a conspiracy to sabotage the 25 July elections but the people of Pakistan will not allow any design meant to target these historic elections to succeed", he continued.

BANNU: Peoples shifting injured person to hospital after attack.

Local ANP leader Haroon Bilour was among the 22 killed. Thousands flocked to his funeral the next day.

In February 2017, Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at a shrine in southern Pakistan, killing 83 people and wounding over 150. "Saddened to learn of Nawabzada Siraj Raisini's shahadat in this targeted attack as well as the shahadat of 15 other innocent citizens".

Following the attacks, activists called for Pakistani authorities to remain vigilant to protect candidates during the final days of the campaign season. But he said the people of Pakistan will not allow anything to prevent "historic" elections from taking place.

Director General Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor in a tweet condemned the gruesome attacks in Mastung and went on to declare that, "Pakistan has lost a highly devoted & capable politician,".