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BANNU, Pakistan: An explosion targeting a political rally in the city of Bannu has killed at least four people, police report said on Friday. This was the second such attack this week, raising fears of violence ahead of a July 25 general election.

The blast that occurred just after the rally hosted by the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) ended in the early hours of Friday wounded at least 19 people, said a police official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“The rally was in the Huwaid area, and the explosion occurred as people were dispersing after the rally,” the official said. “It was an IED [Improvised Explosive Device] planted in a motorcycle and set off by remote control.”

Politicians condemn the attack

Politicians have since condemned the attack.

Strongly condemning the terrorist attack on Durrani, Chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari demanded that the security of contesting candidates be ensured.

“The entire nation and institutions must unite to counter terrorism,” Bilawal said in a statement.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan expressed sorrow over the loss of precious lives.

“The enemy wants instability during the extremely important electoral process,” Imran said. “Interim [provincial] governments should make it a priority to protect the contesting candidates.”

Strongly condemning the terrorist attack on Durrani, Chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari demanded that the security of contesting candidates be ensured.

“The entire nation and institutions must unite to counter terrorism,” Bilawal said in a statement.

Interim chief minister Dr. Hasan Askari also expressed sympathy with the families of the deceased and offered prayers for the recovery of the injured persons.

“None of the religions in this world allow the targetting of innocent people,” Askari said in a statement.

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