On July 13, a suicide bomber blew himself up killing 70 people at an election rally in the town of Dringarhin the southwestern Pakistani province of Balochistan, according to Reuters news agency.
The home minister of Balochistan, Agha Umar Bangulzai told the Qatari al-Jazeera TV that the suicide bomber targeted a rally of the Balochistan Awami Party. The Party’s candidate Siraj Raisani was reportedly among the victims of the attack.
“Security has been increased in the whole province … We do not want a repeat of this; all the candidates will be advised and given further security,” Bangulzai told al-Jazeera.
Hours later, ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack in Dringarhin. The ISIS-linked news agency Amaq claimed that more than 80 people were killed in the attack, including “Mir Saraj Khan” the head of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISIS) branch in Balochistan.
Earlier today, a bomb blast struck the campaign convoy of Akram Khan Durrani, a candidate of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal party (MMA) in the northern province of Bannu. According to Reuters, four civilians were killed in the attack.
These attacks pose a serious threat to the Pakistani general election, which is set to be held on July 25. The Pakstani security forces and intelligence will likely step up their security measures all over the country in order to secure the process.