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Balochistan govt announces two-day mourning over deadly Mastung blast

F.P. Report

MASTUNG: The caretaker Balochistan government has announced two-day mourning in the province over the deadly suicide attack in Mastung which killed 131 people including Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) candidate, Nawabzada Siraj Raisani on Saturday evening.

Provincial government announced that the national will remain half-mast at the government buildings while all the offices and schools will be closed today.

The markets and transportation will also be shut throughout the day.

It is to be mentioned here that on Friday, a suicide blast ripped through a crowd at a political rally in Mastung and claimed lives of 129 people. Authorities said the suicide bomber detonated in the middle of a compound where the political meeting was taking place.

Survivors in blood-smeared clothes were taken to hospitals in Mastung and nearby Quetta, where they were greeted by tense crowds of mourners. The deceased could be seen covered in shrouds.

The attack was the most lethal since Taliban militants assaulted a school in the northwestern city of Peshawar in 2014, killing over 150 people, mostly children, and one of the deadliest in Pakistan’s long struggle with militancy.

It came hours after four people were killed and 39 injured when a bomb hidden inside a motorcycle detonated close to another politician’s convoy in Bannu on Friday, near the border with Afghanistan.





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