Tribune/Two dead as JUI-F chief Fazal Ur Rehman escapes suicide blast

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SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)

At least two people have been killed and 20 injured in a blast targetting JUI-F chief Maulana Fazulur Rehman, moments after he ended his address at a rally in Quetta.

According to initial reports, the blast took place outside the venue of the rally on Mackengi Road. Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s vehicle was the target of the blast.

“The bomb exploded near my vehicle but I am safe since my car is bomb-proof,” said Maulana Fazl talking to Express News. “It was a suicide attack, my vehicle has been completely destroyed,” he added.

JUI-F leader Maulana Amjad said the blast occurred very close to Maulana Fazlur Rahman’s car.  ”It was a suicide attack,” he added.

According to witnesses, a suicide bomber tried to unsuccessfully overtake Maulana Fazlur Rahman’s car before blowing himself up.   Further, Express News correspondent Arif Mehmood said a young boy blew himself when he was prevented from going near Maulana’s car.

Earlier, a blast on Quetta’s Qambrani Road left two people dead and 14 others — including two personnel of Frontier Corps (FC) – injured on Thursday, Express News reported.

Further, unidentified men also opened fire on a bus in the outskirts of Quetta on Thursday, killing eight people — said to belong to the Hazara community — and injuring one, in what is believed to be a sectarian attack.

Condemning the incident, Balochistan Interior Minster Sarfaraz Bugti said that “we (Pakistan) are in a state of war.”

“On one side there are border clashes and on the other we are fighting Zarb-e-Azb, in such a situation such incidents aren’t unfamiliar,” he said while talking to Express News.

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