PESHAWAR: At least four people were killed and 39 injured after a bomb hidden inside a motorcycle detonated as Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) candidate Akram Khan Durrani’s convoy passed by Friday, police said.
The bomb near the town of Bannu was targeting the convoy of Durrani, who survived the attack, police said.
“The bomb was planted in a motorcycle,” regional police officer Kareem Khan told AFP. Other local authorities confirmed the attack.
Durrani is standing against cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, whose Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party (PTI) is one of the frontrunners in the July 25 vote.
“Strongly condemn the terrorist attack on Akram Durrani and his convoy,” Khan tweeted after the attack.
“There seems to be a conspiracy to sabotage the 25 July elections but the people of Pakistan will not allow any design intended to target these historic elections to succeed,” he continued.
The blast comes days after a bomb claimed by the Pakistani Taliban targeted a rally by the Awami National Party (ANP) in the city of Peshawar on Tuesday. Hospital officials said Friday that the toll in that attack had risen to 22.