14 killed in Pakistan bomb blast

A bomb blast has killed at least 14 people at an election campaign rally held by a pro-Taliban party in north-west Pakistan.

Javed Khan, a government administrator in the Kurram tribal region where the bombing took place, said the attack also wounded 50 people.

He said the bomb was apparently planted near the main stage of the rally.

Mr Khan said two party leaders escaped unhurt. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the blast.

The Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam party is considered to be supportive of the Afghan Taliban’s fight against the United States and its allies. It is also sympathetic to the Pakistani Taliban.

The Taliban have in recent weeks attacked secular Pakistani parties. Elections are to be held on May 11.

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