128 Dead in Bombing at Election Rally


Pakistan

This article has been updated with the latest number of confirmed dead.

At least 128 people are dead after a bomb went off at an election rally in Pakistan. Video from the scene is included below.

It is believed the bombing is part of an effort to destabilize the country by those loyal to a former prime minister, who is being returned to the country to face jail on corruption charges.

Later this month, Pakistan will hold elections that many say are key to clearing out corruption and stabilize the political situation. In recent years, Pakistan has made strides to root out terrorists and radicals in the region, in support of the United States, but that effort could be in jeopardy if the situation deteriorates.

Several other terror attacks have been carried out in recent months, but today’s attack was by far the largest and most deadly.

Some Pakistani residents on Twitter say the death toll is actually higher.

Reuters reports.

A suicide bomber killed 70 people at an election rally in southwestern Pakistan in the second election-related attack on Friday, officials said, amid growing tensions over ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s return ahead of the July 25 vote.

The bombing was the biggest attack in Pakistan in over a year and is the third incident of election-related violence this week.

Baluchistan caretaker Health Minister Faiz Kakar told Reuters that the death toll had risen to 70 people, with over 120 wounded.

Police had earlier said that more than 1000 people were in attendance at the rally.

It appears there was a second attack today aimed at another Pakistani politician, as a bomb went off near his convoy, killing four people, while he was uninjured.

Pakistani politicians also condemned the attack.

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