A bomb attack on Tuesday killed at least five people and wounded a Pakistani election candidate as he was campaigning in a market in the country’s northwest, police said.
The attack in the town of Hangu, a flashpoint for violence between Sunni and Shiite Muslims, raises to 97 the number of people killed in attacks on politicians and political parties since April 11, according to an AFP tally.
Hangu police chief Mohammed Sajjad said the candidate, Sayed Janan, was among 15 people who were injured.
Janan, seeking re-election for the assembly in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, is contesting Saturday’s election for the right-wing Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, a religious party in the outgoing government coalition.
A joint rally for two other candidates from the same JUI-F faction of the party was bombed in the tribal district of Kurram on Monday, killing 23 people.