TERRORIST Attack Leaves 25 DEAD- 37 Wounded- Here’s What We Know

Dean James AMERICA’S FREEDOM FIGHTERS –

Islamabad, Pakistan – At least 25 people are dead and 37 seriously wounded after a bomb exploded in southwestern Pakistan.

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The assassination attempt which targeted a senior politician/lawmaker took place in the town of Mastung shortly after the end of Friday prayers, according to a government spokesman.

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Senate Deputy Chairman Abdul Ghafoor Haideri escaped the attack with light wounds, medical officials said, but his driver and another aide in the same vehicle were killed.

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“He was wounded by the blast but someone who was sitting next to him, and his driver were both killed,” said Dr Sher Ahmed, the government’s district health chief in Mastung, while confirming the death toll.

Haideri received “light wounds from broken glass”, according to Dr Shafi Zaidi, chief of the local hospital where the senator was initially treated.

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At least 37 people who received serious wounds from the blast were transferred to Quetta, said Dr Ahmed. They mainly suffered from shrapnel wounds, he said.

Asad Hashim at Al Jazeera News reports that television footage from the scene showed several badly damaged vehicles and motorcycles, with windscreens shattered and severe blast damage visible, as the police established a cordon around the site.

Haideri himself spoke to local media over the phone while en route to the hospital, saying he was not badly wounded.

“I am fine, thank God. I have been wounded. I am being taken to the [Combined Military Hospital in Quetta],” Haideri told Pakistan’s Geo News television channel.

“The explosion happened on my car … the glass from the front windscreen hit me, and the side door also buckled after the blast,” he added.

According to Associated Press, the Islamic State group has claimed responsibility that it had carried out the deadly attack on the Pakistani lawmaker.

“Law enforcement personnel are collecting evidence at the site and examining the crime scene. It would be premature to say what kind of blast it was at this stage.”

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