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Death toll rises to 22 in Peshawar suicide attack

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Death toll rises to 22 in Yakatoot suicide attack after two more of the injured succumbed to their wounds on Thursday.

On Tuesday evening, suicide attacker targeted a corner meeting of the Awami National Party (ANP) in Peshawar’s Yakatoot area. Party leader Barrister Haroon Bilour was among those martyred in the attack.

According to hospital official, more than 60 people were injured in the attack, seven of whom remain under treatment.

The martyred Haroon Bilour was set to contest the July 25 elections from Peshawar’s PK-78 constituency. He was the son of Bashir Ahmed Bilour, a senior ANP figure who, himself, was martyred in a suicide attack in 2012 after a party meeting.

Following the tragedy, the Election Commission of Pakistan postponed the polls in PK-78 (Peshawar-XIII) constituency. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bar Council announced three-day mourning.

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