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Bomb kills 12 at Pakistan election rally

Blast at Awami National Party event kills prominent local politician, injuring 36 others

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Supporters of Awami National Party take part in an election campaign rally in Charsadda, Pakistan, Saturday, July 7, 2018.

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Peshawar: A suicide bombing at an election rally killed at least 12 people, including a prominent local politician, and injured 36 others in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, police said.

The attack targeted a campaign event organised in the city of Peshawar by the Awami National Party, which has been targeted by Islamist militants in the past over its vocal opposition to extremist groups like the Taliban.

The bombing came hours after the Pakistan military spokesman said there were security threats ahead of national elections scheduled for July 25.

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