ANP candidate Haroon Bilour among 12 martyred in Peshawar suicide attack
PESHAWAR: At least 12 people, including ANP candidate Haroon Bilour, were killed and 30 others sustained injuries in a suicide blast at a corner meeting in Yaka Toot area of the provincial capital late on Tuesday.
The death toll is feared to go up as some of those injured in the explosion are in critical condition.
The blast took place in Yakatoot area of Peshawar when a corner meeting of ANP was underway, eyewitnesses say.
ANP candidate Haroon Bilour, who is son of slain ANP leader Bashir Bilour, has embraced martyrdom, his family and doctors confirmed.
According to the police, the vehicle of Haroon Bilour was the main target of the bomber. Bilour was rushed to Lady Reading Hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds.
Haroon Bilour was contesting the election from PK-87 on ANP’s ticket.
Daniyal Bilour, a teenaged son of Haroon Bilour, is said to be among the injured.
According to medics, at least 30 people have been wounded in the blast.
Rescuers and police teams rushed to the site and shifted the injured to nearby hospitals.
It was a suicide blast, police and bomb disposal squad told Geo TV.
The bomber blew himself up near Haroon Bilour during fireworks, police said.
It may be noted here Bashir Bilour, father of Haroon Bilour, had embraced martyrdom in a suicide attack on December 22, 2012 in Peshawar’s Qissa Khawani Bazaar.