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Friday, May 12, 2017

Pakistan: death toll in Baluchistan attack at 25

Pakistani police have raised the death toll from a huge bombing in the country’s southwestern Baluchistan province to 25 killed. A powerful bomb struck on Friday in the town of Mastung, targeting the convoy of the deputy leader of the Senate, Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, who was lightly wounded in the attack. Local government official Munir Raisani says that along with the 25 killed, more than 30 people, including some policemen, were also wounded in the attack. He says Haideri is in a stable condition at a hospital in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. Haideri’s extremist and pro-Taliban Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam party is headed by Fazlur Rehman who is known for his anti-US stance. (AP)

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