Taliban claim killing politician, 20 others in Peshawar


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PESHAWAR: The Pakistani Taliban have claimed responsibility for a bomb attack on Tuesday evening at an election rally that killed a politician and 20 others in Yakatoot area of Peshawar.

Mohammad Khurasani, a spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban, says in a statement Wednesday they targeted Awami National Party’s rally, killing Haroon Ahmed Bilour, a candidate for a seat in the provincial legislature in Peshawar.

Bilour and 20 others died in Tuesday night’s bombing and another 65 were wounded.

The party was in charge of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, of which Peshawar is the capital, from 2008 to 2013.

Bilour’s father, Bashir Ahmed Bilour, also was killed by a suicide bomber in 2012 ahead of the vote.—AFP